The information : a history, a theory, a flood

Gleick, James

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  • Creator James Gleick
  • Format Books
  • Publication First edition. New York : Pantheon Books, [2011] ©2011
  • Physical Details
    • 526 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9780375423727, 0375423729
  • OCLC ocn607975727


  • From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long misunderstood "talking drums" of Africa, James Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. He also provides portraits of the key figures contributing to the inexorable development of our modern understanding of information, including Charles Babbage, Ada Byron, Samuel Morse, Alan Turing, and Claude Shannon.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 429-503) and index.


  • Drums that talk -- Persistence of the word -- Two wordbooks -- To throw the powers of thought into wheel-work -- A nervous system for the Earth -- New wires, new logic -- Information theory -- The informational turn -- Entropy and its demons -- Life's own code -- Into the meme pool -- The sense of randomness -- Information is physical -- After the flood -- New news every day
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