Cover of: GLUT | Alex Wright

About the Book

What do primordial bacteria, medieval alchemists, and the World Wide Web have to do with each other? This fascinating exploration of how information systems emerge takes readers on a provocative journey through the history of the information age.

Spanning disciplines from evolutionary theory and cultural anthropology to the history of books, libraries, and computer science, writer and information architect Alex Wright weaves an intriguing narrative that connects such seemingly far-flung topics as insect colonies, Stone Age jewelry, medieval monasteries, Renaissance encyclopedias, early computer networks, and the World Wide Web. Finally, he pulls these threads together to reach a surprising conclusion, suggesting that the future of the information age may lie deep in our cultural past.

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About the Edition

"Spanning disciplines from evolutionary theory and cultural anthropology to the history of books, libraries, and computer science, Wright weaves a narrative that connects such seemingly far-flung topics as insect colonies, Stone Age jewelry, medieval monasteries, Renaissance encyclopedias, early computer networks, and the World Wide Web. Finally, he pulls these threads together to reach a surprising conclusion, suggesting that the future of the information age may lie deep in our cultural past."--Jacket.

Table of Contents

Introduction -- -- 1.
Networks and hierarchies -- -- 2.
Family trees and the tree of life -- -- 3.
The ice age information explosion -- -- 4.
The age of alphabets -- -- 5.
Illuminating the dark age -- -- 6.
A steam engine of the mind -- -- 7.
The astral power station -- -- 8.
The encyclopedic revolution -- -- 9.
The moose that roared -- -- 10.
The industrial library -- -- 11.
The Web that wasn't -- -- 12.
Memories of the future --
Appendixes -- -- A.
John Wilkins's universal categories -- -- B.
Thomas Jefferson's 1783 catalog of books -- -- C.
The Dewey decimal system -- -- D.
S.R. Ranganathan's colon classification --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Index.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-269) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
020.9
Library of Congress
Z666.5 .W75 2007

The Physical Object

Pagination
viii, 286 p. :
Number of pages
286

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24770168M
Internet Archive
glutmasteringinf00wrig
ISBN 10
0309102383
ISBN 13
9780309102384
LC Control Number
2007006290
OCLC/WorldCat
85692734

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