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Glut : mastering information through the ages

Author: Alex Wright
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Joseph Henry Press, ©2007.
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"Spanning disciplines from evolutionary theory and cultural anthropology to the history of books, libraries, and computer science, Wright weaves a narrative that connects such seemingly far-flung topics as insect colonies, Stone Age jewelry, medieval monasteries, Renaissance encyclopedias, early computer networks, and the World Wide Web. Finally, he pulls these threads together to reach a surprising conclusion,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Wright
ISBN: 9780309102384 0309102383
OCLC Number: 85692734
Description: viii, 286 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
1. Networks and hierarchies --
2. Family trees and the tree of life --
3. The ice age information explosion --
4. The age of alphabets --
5. Illuminating the dark age --
6. A steam engine of the mind --
7. The astral power station --
8. The encyclopedic revolution --
9. The moose that roared --
10. The industrial library --
11. The Web that wasn't --
12. Memories of the future --
Appendixes --
A. John Wilkins's universal categories --
B. Thomas Jefferson's 1783 catalog of books --
C. The Dewey decimal system --
D. S.R. Ranganathan's colon classification --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Alex Wright.
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