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The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood
By Rob Shapiro (narrator) and James Gleick
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House
Publication date March 1, 2011
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780307914965
ISBN-10 0307914968
Dimensions 1.75 by 5.50 by 6.50 in.
Weight 0.85 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $50.00
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James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Genius, now brings us a work just as astonishing and masterly: a revelatory chronicle and meditation that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.
 
The story of information begins in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanishes as soon as it is born. 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. He 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 then the information age arrives. Citizens of this world become experts willy-nilly: aficionados of bits and bytes. And we sometimes feel we are drowning, swept by a deluge of signs and signals, news and images, blogs and tweets. The Information is the story of how we got here and where we are heading.




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Paperback
Book cover for 9781400096237
 
from Vintage Books (March 6, 2012)
9781400096237 | details & prices | 526 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.08 lbs | List price $16.95
About: From the bestselling author of the acclaimed Chaos and Genius comes a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information theory.
Miscellaneous
from Pantheon Books (February 15, 2011)
9780307379573 | details & prices | 416 pages | List price $28.95
CD/Spoken Word
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With Rob Shapiro (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Random House (March 1, 2011)
9780307914965 | details & prices | 5.50 × 6.50 × 1.75 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $50.00
About: James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Genius, now brings us a work just as astonishing and masterly: a revelatory chronicle and meditation that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.

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