Ike Sharpless's Reviews > The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

The Information by James Gleick
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Aug 18, 11

bookshelves: reviewed, words, science, information
Read from July 23 to August 18, 2011

A smorgasbord of mini-biographies, a farrago of informational facts. I was expecting this book to be similar to Wu's The Master Switch, but it's a very different breed. Gleick pastes together a rough chronology of the history of language, genetics, computing, quantum theory, and Wikipedia, among others, all viewed through the prisms of information theory and the lives of the key thinkers he overviews (Babbage, Morse, Shannon, Godel, Dawkins, and various others). Generally a fun, eye-opening and informative read, although it's not as riveting as some other science writing I've read, even some other work by Gleick.
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