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The information : a history, a theory, a flood
    Gleick, James.
Publisher: Pantheon Books,
Pub date: 2011.
Pages: 526 p. :
ISBN: 9780375423727
Item info: 3 copies available at Elmira - Central (Steele) Library, Penn Yan Public Library, and Wellsville - David A. Howe Public Library.
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Elmira - Central (Steele) Library Copies Material Location
020.9 G556 1 Adult NonFiction Book Standard shelving location
Penn Yan Public Library Copies Material Location
020.9 GLE 1 Adult NonFiction Book Nonfiction
Wellsville - David A. Howe Public Library Copies Material Location
020.9 GLE 1 Adult NonFiction Book Adult Stacks
Summary

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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Publishers Weekly Review
Overwhelmed as we are with today's unceasing gush of information-some essential, some useless, and much falling into the broad middle of the spectrum-a study of how we got here and the innovators who played a part in creating the dazzling web of contemporary communications could not be more timely. Gleick's survey of pioneers of information, from Alan Turing to Claude Shannon, follows the many-layered strands forming the information superhighway. Rob Shapiro, slightly nasal, reads in measured fashion, pausing luxuriously between sentences and paragraphs to allow Gleick's own gush of information to sink in. Shapiro's stateliness makes for an artful contrast with Gleick's study of go-go modernity; listening to the audiobook manages to not add to the feeling of being overwhelmed. A Pantheon hardcover. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information
Library Journal Review
Gleick chronicles the story of information and how it has transformed human thought and life, covering quantum mechanics, the structure of DNA, and more. Rob Shapiro's narration effortlessly guides listeners through this dense material and renders it accessible to science and technology enthusiasts and general readers alike. (LJ 7/11) (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information
CHOICE Review
In this bulky book, master science-storyteller Gleick (Chaos, CH, Feb'88; Faster, 1999, etc.) presents the multifarious aspects of information. The term "information" is used by everyone, and it bombards people in a hundred different ways day in and day out. But what exactly is this intangible bomb, measured in bits, which has influenced human consciousness and civilization in profound ways? And who were some of the principal actors who in different ways thrust information into the human psyche and society? In this sophisticated narrative, which reads like a journalist's report as well as a learned treatise, readers get numerous insights on many apparently unconnected items ranging from the drumbeats of Africa to DNA, from Babylonian culture to (Charles) Babbage, from (Claude) Shannon to superposition, and more. Readers also learn about telegraphy, telephony, and thermodynamics. Gleick's writing is full of anecdotes and tidbits, along with keen comments and literary references, all very fascinating and relevant to the current age. This book is critical reading for anyone wanting to graduate from college in the 21st century, for it reminds readers in an informed and informative way of what information is all about. It will make readers see the world more intelligently than before. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. V. V. Raman emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology From: Syndetics Solutions, Inc. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
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Leader am8a
key ocn607975727
Data source OCoLC
Fixed field data 100621s2011 nyua b 001 0 eng
LCCN 2010023221
ISBN 9780375423727 : $29.95
ISBN 0375423729
Cataloging Source DLC DLC BTCTA YDXCP
LC Call Number Z665 .G547 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 020.9 22
Personal Author Gleick, James.
Title The information : a history, a theory, a flood / James Gleick.
Publication info New York : Pantheon Books, 2011.
Projected pub date 1101
Physical description 526 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography note Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Held by ELMIRA CORNING PENNYAN WELLSVILLE
Subject term Information science--History.
Subject term Information society.