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The information : a history, a theory, a flood

Author: James Gleick
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version: Gleick, James.
Information.
New York : Pantheon Books, ©2011
(DLC) 2010023221
(OCoLC)607975727
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Gleick
ISBN: 9780307379573 0307379574 1299034403 9781299034402
OCLC Number: 868832462
Notes: ASIN: B004DEPHUC.
Description: 1 online resource (526 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Drums that talk --
Persistence of the word --
Two wordbooks --
To throw the powers of thought into wheel-work --
A nervous system for the Earth --
New wires, new logic --
Information theory --
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.
Responsibility: James Gleick.

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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.

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