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Read online The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood James Gleick the author of the best sellers i Chaos i and i Genius i 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 i The Information i is the story of how we got here and where we are heading by James Gleick

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The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
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i Chaos i records the birth of a new science This new science offers a way of seeing order and pattern where formerly only the random the erratic the unpredictable in short the chaotic had been observed In the words of Douglas Hofstadter It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order and yet deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order br br Although highly mathematical in origin chaos is a science of the everyday world addressing questions every child has wondered about how clouds form how smoke rises how water eddies in a stream br br i Chaos i is a history of discovery It chronicles in the words of the scientists themselves their conflicts and frustrations their emotions and moments of revelation After reading i Chaos i you will never look at the world in quite the same way again, In the Messenger Lectures originally delivered at Cornell University amp recorded for TV by the BBC Feynman offers an overview of selected physical laws amp 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best sellers i Chaos i and i Genius i 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 br br 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 br br 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 i The Information i is the story of how we got here and where we are heading