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The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood - James Gleick
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780007225743 (0007225741)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Pages no: 526
Edition language: English
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Seriously, Read a Book!
Seriously, Read a Book! rated it
4.0 The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
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...
Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story
Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story rated it
4.0 The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
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'...
bookaneer
bookaneer rated it
0.0 Well, there is a lot of gushing...
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...
Teiresias1960
Teiresias1960 rated it
5.0 The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
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...
lebrunskibooks
lebrunskibooks rated it
3.0 The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
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...
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