The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick

Posted on March 6, 2012  Comments (2)

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James Gleick is a great science writer. I remember first reading his book, Chaos, which I loved. He continues to write engaging and entertaining books on science. His 2011 release The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, is now available in paperback.

From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long-misunderstood talking drums of Africa, Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. Gleick provides portraits of the key figures contributing to the inexorable development of our modern understanding of information: Charles Babbage, the idiosyncratic inventor of the first great mechanical computer; Ada Byron, the brilliant and doomed daughter of the poet, who became the first true programmer; pivotal figures like Samuel Morse and Alan Turing; and Claude Shannon, the creator of information theory itself.

And now the information age arrives. The Information is the story of how we got here and where we are heading.

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2 Responses to “The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick”

  1. Mark Hoult
    March 7th, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    I absolutely loved Chaos.

    It’s one of only three books that I’ve read for pleasure three times, the others being 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense and John Arlott on Jack Hobbs.

  2. Mal
    May 23rd, 2012 @ 3:22 am

    I loved Chaos too – it was one of the main reasons I did a PhD, along with Martin Gardner’s old Scientific American column.

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