The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood
A New York Times Notable BookA Los Angeles Times and Cleveland Plain Dealer Best Book of the YearFrom 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. ... show more
A New York Times Notable BookA Los Angeles Times and Cleveland Plain Dealer Best Book of the YearFrom 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.
Publish date: March 6th 2012
Pages no: 544
Edition language: English
, Computer Science
, Popular Science
, Library Science
, Information Science
The amount of information (pun acknowledged, but not intended) that James Gleick was able to contain in the book is mind-boggling (Claude Shannon could probably tell you what the physical cost of the logical work my mind did while reading it was, but I, alas, cannot). I'm sure that for those who a...
The last half of this book was a 5-star read for me. The first half, with the history of language especially, dragged so much I almost gave up on the book. I'd recommend to others to skip ahead a chapter or two if you feel bogged down -- the book isn't written in so cumulative of a style that you'...
Seeing the other profusely positive reviews, maybe I just didn't make it far enough into this monstrosity book. Maybe it's just that I went into this with the wrong expectations. I expected a cohesive, persuasive, and above all, entertaining story. I expected a focus on mathematics and its complexit...
A wide-ranging exemplar of the History of Ideas, Gleick's "The Information" tells the compelling story of our Information Age. Focusing on fascinating characters such as Charles Babbage, and more particularly, the brilliant Claude Shannon, Gleick deftly weaves together the disparate strands of tech...
I'd like to rate this higher, but if I'm totally honest, there were some sections where I was just lost. I like math more in theory than in practice and much of it was well beyond my limited capabilities. That being said, there were several parts of the book that I found fascinating and illuminati...