Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

Author(s): James Gleick

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James Gleick, the author of the bestsellers Chaos and Genius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era's defining quality--the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world. We live in the information age. But every era of history has had its own information revolution: the invention of writing, the composition of dictionaries, the creation of the charts that made navigation possible, the discovery of the electronic signal, the cracking of the genetic code. In The Information James Gleick tells the story of how human beings use, transmit and keep what they know. From African talking drums to Wikipedia, from Morse code to the 'bit', it is a fascinating account of the modern age's defining idea and a brilliant exploration of how information has revolutionised our lives.


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'Mind-stretching but enlightening ! the power and breadth of the ideas involved cannot but make you marvel' Daily Mail 'Magisterial!It is not merely a history of information, but also a theory and a prospectus. To describe it as ambitious is to engage in almost comical understatement' Matthew Syed, The Times 'Deeply impressive and rather beautiful book.' Philip Ball, Observer 'From African drums to the digital revolution, this is the fascinating story of how humans have transmitted knowledge!this book is broad and occasionally brilliant.' Sunday Times 'This is a work of rare penetration, a true history of ideas whose witty and determined treatment of its material brings clarity to a complex subject' Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph 'Gleick's previous books include works on Newton and chaos theory. The Information is Newton times chaos' Andy Martin, Independent

James Gleick was born in New York in 1954. He worked for ten years as an editor and reporter for The New York Times. He is the bestselling author of Chaos, Genius, Faster, What Just Happened and a biography of Isaac Newton.

General Fields

  • : 9780007225743
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Australia
  • : Fourth Estate Ltd
  • : December 2011
  • : 197mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : James Gleick
  • : Paperback
  • : 512
  • : en
  • : 302.209
  • : 544