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    DescriptionJames Gleick, the author of the best sellers "Chaos" and "Genius, " now brings us a work just as astonishing and masterly: a revelatory chronicle and meditation 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 vanishes as soon as it is born. From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long-misunderstood talking drums of Africa, 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 brilliant and doomed daughter of the poet, who became the first true programmer; pivotal figures like Samuel Morse and Alan Turing; and Claude Shannon, the creator of information theory itself. And then the information age arrives. Citizens of this world become experts willy-nilly: aficionados of bits and bytes. And we sometimes feel we 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. "From the Hardcover edition."

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    The Information
    A History, a Theory, a Flood
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Gleick, Read by Rob Shapiro
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 150 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    ISBN 13: 9780307914965
    ISBN 10: 0307914968

    B&T Book Type: NF
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000, TEC056000, SCI034000, COM031000, COM032000
    DC22: 020.9
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.7
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    LC classification: T
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    B&T General Subject: 229
    Abridged Dewey: 004
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 56100
    BISAC V2.8: LAN025000
    B&T Approval Code: A29900000
    DC21: 020.9
    Edition statement
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    01 March 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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. "From the Hardcover edition."
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    "Accessible and engrossing." "--Library Journal " "The author's skills as an interpreter of science shine...for completist cybergeeks and infojunkies, the book delivers a solid summary of a dense, complex subject."" --Kirkus " "[A] tour de force...This is intellectual history of tremendous verve, insight, and significance. Unfailingly spirited, often poetic, Gleick recharges our astonishment over the complexity and resonance of the digital sphere and ponders our hunger for connectedness...Destined to be a science classic, best-seller Gleick's dynamic history of information will be one of the biggest nonfiction books of the year." -"Booklist", starred review "Praise for James Gleick's Chaos "An awe-inspiring book. Reading it gave me the sensation that someone