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Cover of: Glut by Alex Wright

mastering information through the ages

Published by Joseph Henry Press in Washington, D.C .
Written in English.

About the Book

"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 --

Edition Notes

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


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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