The information a history a theory a flood is a book by science history writer james gleick published in march 2011 which covers the genesis of our current information age it was on the new york times best seller list for three weeks following its debut. A fascinating intellectual journey through the history of communication and information from the language of africas talking drums to the invention of written alphabets from the electronic transmission of code to the origins of information theory into the new information age and the current deluge of news tweets images and blogs. The history of information theory is a history of increasing abstraction to the point where the meaning of information becomes irrelevant to the point where the universe itself can be seen as a giant computer and each of our choices thoughts movements become like states in the machine. The information is to the nature history and significance of data what the beach is to sand janet maslin the new york times gleick is one of the great science writers of all time and that is in part because he is a science biographer . The information a history a theory a flood by james gleick review gleick sets himself a monumental task to tell the story of information throughout human history and delivers alok
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