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The Information by James Gleick
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Jul 24, 2011

it was amazing
Read in July, 2011

The jacket blurb claims the book is amazing. I don't think I'd go that far, but it is impressive in several respects. I am not an expert in any of the disciplines Gleick touches on, but I have enough background to recognize that he has done an thorough job of research. His selection of individuals through which to tell the story is apt, his excursions into the science at an appropriate level for a general audience, and the organization logical. I found the beginning especially intriguing, as I had never thought of information in a pre-literate society. He dwelt extensively on the work of Claude Shannon (someone I had not heard of until I read this book), whose work was seminal for information theory. For anyone who has the interest and chops to delve deeper, the bibliography is rich.

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