James Gleick





James Gleick

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James Gleick (born August 1, 1954) is an American author, journalist, and biographer, whose books explore the cultural ramifications of science and technology. Three of these books have been Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists, and they have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Born in New York City, USA, Gleick attended Harvard College, graduating in 1976 with a degree in English and linguistics. Having worked for the Harvard Crimson and freelanced in Boston, he moved to Minneapolis, where he helped found a short-lived weekly newspaper, Metropolis. After its demise, he returned to New York and joined as staff of the New York Times, where he worked for ten years as an editor and reporter.

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In discussing memes inThe Information, I quoted Daniel Dennett’s clever remark that a scholar is just a library’s way of making another library. If I had readAusterlitz, W. G. Sebald’s great and final novel, I would have added this:




it struck me that the scholars, together with the whole apparatus of the library, formed an immensely complex and constantly evolving creature which had to be fed wi... Read more of this blog post »
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“When information is cheap, attention becomes expensive.”
James Gleick, The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

“It is not the amount of knowledge that makes a brain. It is not even the distribution of knowledge. It is the interconnectedness.”
James Gleick, The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

“Every new medium transforms the nature of human thought. In the long run, history is the story of information becoming aware of itself.”
James Gleick, The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

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