Glut Mastering Information Through the Ages

ISBN-10: 0801475090

ISBN-13: 9780801475092

Edition: 2008

Authors: Alex Wright
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Description: The "information explosion" may seem like an acutely modern phenomenon, but we are not the first generation-or even the first species-to wrestle with the problem of information overload. Long before the advent of computers, human beings were collecting, storing, and organizing information: from Ice Age taxonomies to Sumerian archives, Greek libraries to Dark Age monasteries. Spanning disciplines from evolutionary theory and cultural anthropology to the history of books, libraries, and computer science, Alex Wright weaves an intriguing narrative that connects such seemingly far-flung topics as insect colonies, Stone Age jewelry, medieval monasteries, Renaissance encyclopedias, early computer networks, and the Internet. Finally, he pulls these threads together to reach a surprising conclusion, suggesting that the future of the information age may lie deep in our past.

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Book details

List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 11/26/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.63" wide x 9.38" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Introduction
Networks and Hierarchies
Family Trees and the Tree of Life
The Ice Age Information Explosion
The Age of Alphabets
Illuminating the Dark Age
A Steam Engine of the Mind
The Astral Power Station
The Encyclopedic Revolution
The Moose That Roared
The Industrial Library
The Web That Wasn't
Memories of the Future
Appendixes
John Wilkins's Universal Categories
Thomas Jefferson's 1783 Catalog of Books
The Dewey Decimal System
S. R. Ranganathan's Colon Classification
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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