The Information

The Information

A History, A Theory, A Flood

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From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long misunderstood "talking drums" of Africa, James Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. He also provides portraits of the key figures contributing to the inexorable development of our modern understanding of information, including Charles Babbage, Ada Byron, Samuel Morse, Alan Turing, and Claude Shannon.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780307914996
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Aug 12, 2018

A great audiobook if you like mathmatics, genetics, and linguistics. Others might be bored on the subject matter.

Nov 28, 2011

The book's subtitle ("A History, A Theory, A Flood") is apt as Gleick covers first the history of information technologies, then the mathematical theories around information and finally the flood of non-stop information we now have. He does an excellent job of linking information to so much more than what you'd normally expect from the term.

The theory portion is especially challenging to absorb in an audio format. I think I am approaching the "bandwidth" limit of my brain's aural channel. Be prepared to listen closely and occasionally rewind.

Jul 16, 2011

This book is *long* (16.5 hours), but is worth the time to listen to. It covers a wide range of info, from talking drums to the cloud, and I learned a lot from listening to it. It combines info in unexpected ways and made me think. It also caused me to appreciate the chain of people building on the ideas of those who came before them, so that you can actually see how knowledge is created and used over centuries. Highly recommended

Jun 20, 2011

This book is simply stunning. Gleick manages to build an incredibly compelling narative while flitting amongst inventors, periods, inventions and theories while also imparting so much information, history, science, math and beauty. For anyone who loves information, technology and information science, it's a total experience. It is to be savored and enjoyed over weeks if not years. I strongly recommend the audio version as the reader is wonderful, and it makes a rather dense and heady book easily accessible the first go-around. I am already looking up references and adding new, related books and topics to my to-read list. I expect to re-read and re-enjoy this book many, many times in the future.


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