Petr Havel's Reviews > The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

The Information by James Gleick
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Dec 22, 2011

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

As always James Gleick delivers a fascinating story that delves into the history of yet another highly abstract subject whose borders have yet to be clearly defined.

But I cannot help comparing this book with the influential Chaos that has made this author renown. There he clearly defined and helped to popularize a subject that was mostly obscure till then and now is starting to become one of the pillars of our understanding of nature.

In The Information I had the feeling that Glieck tries to do the same for the theory of information but takes the subject so broadly, spanning from language, history, biology, thermodynamics, computers to an understanding of our universe, that it left me feeling a bit vague about the main goal of the book.

Whatever the true purpose of the author was, he achieves and fascinating sketch of human understanding that had me griped right from the beginning.


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