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The Information

A History, a Theory, a Flood

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The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood begins with the tale of colonial European explorers and their fascination with African talking drums and their observed use to send complex and widely understood messages back and forth between villages far apart, and over even longer distances by relay. The book then covers informational implications of technologies from drum signaling to the long distance telephone.

Starting with symbolic written language, The Information examines the history of intellectual insights central to the development of information theory, detailing key figures responsible such as Claude Shannon, Charles Babbage, Ada Byron, Samuel Morse, Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and John Archibald Wheeler.

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Pantheon Books
Language
English
Pages
526

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The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
2011, Pantheon Books
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The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
2011, Knopf Doubleday Pub. Group
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Table of Contents

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.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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New York

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
020.9
Library of Congress
Z665 .G547 2011

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Pagination
p. cm.
Number of pages
526

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24538398M
ISBN 10
0375423729
ISBN 13
9780375423727
LCCN
2010023221
OCLC/WorldCat
607975727

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