The Information

The Information: a history, a theory, a flood by James Gleick (Midwest Tape, 2011)

This comprehensive history of information covers a lot of ground. It’s not just about the history of computers or about we now call “information theory.”  Gleick also discusses dictionaries, telegraphy and telephony, quantum mechanics, and the Internet. The sections on African drums, Charles Babbage’s difference engine, memes, and Wikipedia are particularly enlightening. Some of the material is very repetitive or highly mathematical, making it less than ideal for an audio format.  But Gleick does give us plenty to think about.

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