Information is a book that counterweights the agony of the information limbos humanity has endured in the past and is enduring now. Gleick reminds the reader that meaning will not be buried by the current cacophonie, because language itself is produced by ambiguity endemic to mental acumen.
I really enjoyed this read and I suggest it to anyone interested in the pursuit of information.
Like information itself, there are a few diamonds in the rough, and one can risk overload. I skipped several chapters in this book that didn't quite suit what I was looking for. The author fleshes out things with colorful wording that need little explanation, and some parts on audio are painful to hear (30+ spellings of 'mackerel'). If you want an unabridged history spanning millennia, this is for you. For anyone else, feel free to skip chapters like I did.
There are only tei books in the last 5 years that help understand whhere we are and where we may be headed: What Technology Wants, and The Information.
Easily one of the five best books I've ever read. It is difficult to imagine any non-experts who would not find this work endlessly fascinating and absorbing. Gleick's powers of far ranging synthesis and clear compelling explanation are awe-inspiring.
When they discuss information content and/vs complexity of a message.
First heard of this from Veritasium. Left it in my wish list for months, finally gave it a chance, and loved it. It basically changed the way I think about data, and as a programmer, that says a lot.
I generally listen to books that fill the gaps in my science and technology interests and my faith.
Enjoyed many sections, but not as enlightening as I was led to believe by a friend. I do feel it was worth the purchase and time.
Glick writes lucidly on a complex subject. He captures the human story of conceiving and developing the technology of communication.
I never would have read this book, but listening to it made me stay focused on the meaning of the subject in a way that I usually could not.
Horses are only what they are not.
I am not very good at maintaining focus on written words, so yes.
10^90 bits, or the universe.
a fantastic book.