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The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

de 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.… (més)
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    Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid de Douglas R. Hofstadter (Popup-ch)
    Popup-ch: Gleicks book makes innumerable references to this classic.
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    Chaos: Making a New Science de James Gleick (bj2211)
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    Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information Is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos, from Our Brains to Black Holes de Charles Seife (waitingtoderail)
    waitingtoderail: Gleick looks at information theory with more of a view from a mathematical side, Seife more from a scientific side. They complement each other wonderfully.
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    The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size de Tor Nørretranders (Popup-ch)
    Popup-ch: Both books address the fundamental problems of communication, but in a slightly different manner. Where Gleick concentrates on the encoder, and Shannon's coding efficiency, Nørretranders instead looks at how this is perceived by the receiver, and ultimately at how the human brain makes sense of the world around us.… (més)
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    The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains de Nicholas Carr (davesmind)
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A brick, but SO INTERESTING.
  ibazel | Oct 5, 2022 |
A bit tedious at the beginning, with an excessivley detailed history of failed telegraph systems. Runs out of steam towards the end, when am unnecessary description of the internet (c'mon, we all use it) drifts from the core topic of information theory.

Other than that, a fine work, and a bit of a rarity -- a layman's guide to information theory. I still think John Pierce's [b:An Introduction to Information Theory: Symbols, Signals and Noise|433443|An Introduction to Information Theory Symbols, Signals and Noise|John Robinson Pierce|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328868592s/433443.jpg|422386] is a better treatment of the subject, but Gleick's coverage extends far beyond the original theory and is in a better position to determine the long-term impact of Shannon's theory. ( )
  mkfs | Aug 13, 2022 |
The history of information science over perhaps the last 1000 years but mainly the past 100 or so. It's pretty dense in parts but I found it interesting and helps to understand our modern world where information is everywhere and available to us 24/7. ( )
  capewood | Mar 12, 2022 |
Interesting, especially first two-thirds. It's really a series of vignettes loosely tied together. Works well as audiobook. ( )
  Bookjoy144 | Mar 2, 2022 |
Abandoed
  Marietje.Halbertsma | Jan 9, 2022 |
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The heart of Gleick’s book is his treatment of the new information theory that Shannon — and computer scientist and mathematician Alan Turing, noisily brilliant pioneer Norbert Stuart Wiener and many others — created in the middle decades of the 20th century. But Gleick loops backward to discuss early efforts at messaging and storage, from drum messages to dictionaries, and forward to make clear the massive consequences of what Shannon and the others wrought. ...

Gleick is a technological determinist, in a moderate way. He argues elegantly that the telegraph promoted everything from the weaving of networks to the building of skyscrapers and the creation of a new “telegraphic” style of communication.

It seems a pity, accordingly, that he does not say more about the ways in which information theory and its technical progeny have changed our ways of reading and writing, doing research and listening to music. ...
 
A highly ambitious and generally brilliant effort to tie together centuries of disparate scientific efforts to understand information as a meaningful concept. For a society that believes itself to live in an information age, the subject could hardly be more important. That the project doesn't fully succeed has more to do with the limits of our understanding than with Gleick's efforts.
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Bestselling science and technology writer Gleick (Genius) gives a brilliant, panoramic view of how we save and communicate knowledge-from ancient African drumming to alphabets, the telegraph, radio, telephone and computers-and provides thrilling portraits of the geniuses behind the inventions.
 

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Anyway, those tickets, those old ones, they didn't tell you where you were going, much less where you came from. He couldn't remember seeing any dates on them, either, and there was certainly no mention of time. It was all different now, of course. All this information. Archie wondered why that was.
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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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