The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Information The author of the bestsellers "Chaos" and "Genius" presents 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.
- Published: 03 June 2012
- Format: Paperback 544 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781400096237 ISBN 10: 1400096235
- Sales rank: 62,133
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A "New York Times" Notable Book A "Los Angeles Times "and "Cleveland Plain Dealer" Best Book of the Year Winner of the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award From the bestselling author of the acclaimed "Chaos "and "Genius" comes a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information theory. " " Acclaimed science writer James Gleick presents an eye-opening vision of how our relationship to information has transformed the very nature of human consciousness. A fascinating intellectual journey through the history of communication and information, from the language of Africa's talking drums to the invention of written alphabets; from the electronic transmission of code to the origins of information theory, into the new information age and the current deluge of news, tweets, images, and blogs. Along the way, Gleick profiles key innovators, including Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Samuel Morse, and Claude Shannon, and reveals how our understanding of information is transforming not only how we look at the world, but how we live.