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    DescriptionJames Gleick, the author of the bestsellers Chaos and Genius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era's defining quality--the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world. The story of information begins in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanished as soon as it was born. From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long misunderstood "talking drums" of Africa, James Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. He provides portraits of the key figures contributing to the inexorable development of our modern understanding of information: Charles Babbage, the idiosyncratic inventor of the first great mechanical computer; Ada Byron, the poet's brilliant and doomed daughter, who became the first true programmer; pivotal figures like Samuel Morse and Alan Turing; and Claude Shannon, the creator of information theory itself. An then the information age comes upon us. Citizens of this world become experts willy-nilly: aficionados of bits and bytes. And they sometimes feel they are drowning, swept by a deluge of signs and signals, news and images, blogs and tweets. The Information is the story of how we got here and where we are heading. It will transform readers' view of its subject. James Gleick is our leading chronicler of science and modern technology. His first book, Chaos, a National Book Award finalist, has been translated into twenty-five languages. His best-selling biographies, Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman and Isaac Newton, were short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize. The Information was seven years in the making. Gleick divides his time between New York and Florida.


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    Title
    The Information
    Subtitle
    A History, a Theory, a Flood
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Gleick
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 544
    Width: 159 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 846 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007225736
    ISBN 10: 0007225733
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PDX
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: GL
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    BISAC V2.8: TEC056000, SCI034000, COM031000, COM032000, TEC052000
    DC22: 020.9
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16320
    DC22: 003.54
    BISAC V2.8: LAN025000
    Thema V1.0: PDR, TBX, PDX, UYZM, GPF, UB, GL
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    FOURTH ESTATE LTD
    Publication date
    31 March 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    James Gleick was born in New York in 1954. He worked for ten years as an editor and reporter for The New York Times. He is the bestselling author of Chaos, Genius, Faster, What Just Happened and a biography of Isaac Newton.
    Review quote
    On FASTER: 'It's an important portrait of an age; a learned, witty, eclectic treatise, and it might even help you to slow down. So don't hang around -- go out and buy it right now.' Robert Macfarlane, Observer 'Brilliantly dissects our unceasing daily struggle to squeeze as much as we can into the 1,400 minutes of the day.' Sunday Times Books of the Year On ISAAC NEWTON 'The book has the magic of a wonderful laboratory experiment!A masterpiece of clarity -- so difficult to write, so easy to read.' Michael Holroyd 'A fresh and brilliant portrait of his personality and life, the people who mattered to him, the influences which played on him, and the contexts of his achievements.' Oliver Sacks 'After reading Jim Gleick's beautifully written and intimate portrait of Newton, I felt as is I'd spent an evening by the fire with that complex and troubled genius.' Alan Lightman 'It's beautifully paced and very stylishly written: compact, atmospheric, elegant. It offers a brilliant and engaging study in the paradoxes of the scientific imagination' Richard Holmes On FASTER: 'It's an important portrait of an age; a learned, witty, eclectic treatise, and it might even help you to slow down. So don't hang around -- go out and buy it right now.' Robert Macfarlane, Observer 'Brilliantly dissects our unceasing daily struggle to squeeze as much as we can into the 1,400 minutes of the day.' Sunday Times Books of the Year On ISAAC NEWTON 'The book has the magic of a wonderful laboratory experiment!A masterpiece of clarity -- so difficult to write, so easy to read.' Michael Holroyd 'A fresh and brilliant portrait of his personality and life, the people who mattered to him, the influences which played on him, and the contexts of his achievements.' Oliver Sacks 'After reading Jim Gleick's beautifully written and intimate portrait of Newton, I felt as is I'd spent an evening by the fire with that complex and troubled genius.' Alan Lightman 'It's beautifully paced and very stylishly written: compact, atmospheric, elegant. It offers a brilliant and engaging study in the paradoxes of the scientific imagination' Richard Holmes