The Information

The Information

[a History, A Theory, A Flood]

Audiobook CD - 2011
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James Gleick chronicles the history of information technologies that have changed human behaviors and reshaped entire civilizations.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, [2011], ℗2011
ISBN: 9780307914965
0307914968
Branch Call Number: 0.209 Gl
Characteristics: 14 audio discs (16 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Shapiro, Robert

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KurtInSeattle
Nov 28, 2011

The book's subtitle ("A History, A Theory, A Flood") is apt as Gleick covers first the history of information technologies, then the mathematical theories around information and finally the flood of non-stop information we now have. He does an excellent job of linking information to so much more than what you'd normally expect from the term.

The theory portion is especially challenging to absorb in an audio format. I think I am approaching the "bandwidth" limit of my brain's aural channel. Be prepared to listen closely and occasionally rewind.

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JudithE
Jul 16, 2011

This book is *long* (16.5 hours), but is worth the time to listen to. It covers a wide range of info, from talking drums to the cloud, and I learned a lot from listening to it. It combines info in unexpected ways and made me think. It also caused me to appreciate the chain of people building on the ideas of those who came before them, so that you can actually see how knowledge is created and used over centuries. Highly recommended

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EricaReynolds
Jun 20, 2011

This book is simply stunning. Gleick manages to build an incredibly compelling narative while flitting amongst inventors, periods, inventions and theories while also imparting so much information, history, science, math and beauty. For anyone who loves information, technology and information science, it's a total experience. It is to be savored and enjoyed over weeks if not years. I strongly recommend the audio version as the reader is wonderful, and it makes a rather dense and heady book easily accessible the first go-around. I am already looking up references and adding new, related books and topics to my to-read list. I expect to re-read and re-enjoy this book many, many times in the future.

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