Information A History, a Theory, a Flood
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Description: James Gleick, the author of the bestsellersChaosandGeshy;nius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern erars"s defining quality-the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world. The story of information begins in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanished as soon as it was born. From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long misunderstood "talkshy;ing drums" of Africa, James Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. He provides portraits of the key figures contributing to the inexorable developshy;ment of our modern understanding of information: Charles Babbage, the idiosyncratic inventor of the first great mechanical computer; Ada Byron, the poshy;etrs"s brilliant and doomed daughter, who became the first true programmer; pivotal figures like Samuel Morse and Alan Turing; and Claude Shannon, the creshy;ator of information theory itself. And then the information age comes upon us. Citishy;zens of this world become experts willy-nilly: aficionashy;dos of bits and bytes. And they sometimes feel they are drowning, swept by a deluge of signs and signals, news and images, blogs and tweets.The Informationis the story of how we got here and where we are heading. It will transform readersrs" view of its subject.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $41.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/1/2011
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
He wrote the worldwide bestseller Chaos, which was nominated for the National Book Award. He was the 1990 McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University.
|Drums That Talk|
|The Persistence of the Word|
|To Throw the Powers of Thought into Wheel-Work|
|A Nervous System for the Earth|
|New Wires, New Logic|
|The Informational Turn|
|Entropy and Its Demons|
|Life's Own Code|
|Into the Meme Pool|
|The Sense of Randomness|
|Information Is Physical|
|After the Flood|
|New News Every Day|