Glut Mastering Information Through the Ages
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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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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: $21.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 11/26/2008
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|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|
|John Wilkins's Universal Categories|
|Thomas Jefferson's 1783 Catalog of Books|
|The Dewey Decimal System|
|S. R. Ranganathan's Colon Classification|