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    DescriptionA "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.


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    Title
    The Information
    Subtitle
    A History, a Theory, a Flood
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Gleick
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 544
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400096237
    ISBN 10: 1400096235
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: GL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: TBX
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: TEC056000, SCI034000, COM031000, COM032000
    DC22: 020.9
    BIC subject category V2: UB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.7
    BIC subject category V2: GPF
    DC22: 003.54
    BIC E4L: LIB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27350
    B&T Approval Code: A50120000
    DC21: 003.54
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    B&T Approval Code: A93260000
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    LC classification: Q355 .G55 2011
    Thema V1.0: TBX, GLC, PDX, UYZM, GPF, UB
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    03 June 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    James Gleick is the author of "Chaos" and "Genius," both nominated for the National Book Award, "Faster," "What Just Happened," ""and "Isaac Newton," which was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. www.around.com
    Review quote
    "Magnificent...this elegant, insightful study reminds us that we have always been adrift in an incomprehensible universe." -"Los Angeles Times," Best Books of 2011 "Grand, lucid and awe-inspiring...information is about a lot more than what human beings have to say to each other. It's the very stuff of reality, and never have its mysteries been offered up with more elegance or aplomb." -"Salon," Best of 2011 "With his ability to synthesize mounds of details and to tell rich stories, Gleick ably leads us on a journey from one form of communicating information to another." -"Publishers Weekly, "Top 100 Books of 2011 "Ambitious, illuminating and sexily theoretical." -"New York Times " "Gleick does what only the best science writers can do: take a subject of which most of us are only peripherally aware and put it at the center of the universe." -"Time "The Information" isn't just a natural history of a powerful idea; it embodies and transmits that idea, it is a vector for its memes . . . and it is a toolkit for disassembling the world. It is a book that vibrates with excitement." --Cory Doctorow, "Boing Boing" "No author is better equipped for such a wide-ranging tour than Mr. Gleick. Some writers excel at crafting a historical narrative, others at elucidating esoteric theories, still others at humanizing scientists. Mr. Gleick is a master of all these skills." --"The Wall Street Journal" "Extraordinary in its sweep . . . Gleick's story is beautifully told, extensively sourced, and continually surprising." --"The Boston Globe" "Audacious. . . . Like the best college courses: challenging but rewarding." --"USA Today" "Challenging and important. . . . This intellectual history is intoxicating--thanks to Gleick's clear mind, magpie-styled research and explanatory verve." --"The Plain Dealer" " " "Gleick's skill as an explicator of counterintuitive concepts makes the chapters on logic . . . brim withB