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Making Information Interesting
Gleick not only traces the history of information and communication through history, but he changes our way of looking at information. Information actually is how society orders everything.
Yes, I have listened to Shapiro before, but this might be his best performance yet. He is always conversational, accents and characterization are always realistic, and moderation of tone is masterful.
How we order our world.
In taking us on the journey on how computers learned to think like humans, we humans actually learn something about how we think ourselves. A triumph.
I was intrigued by the name. I am in the business, work in marketing for one of the large media companies, and was looking forward to exploring a scientific side of information and get a glimpse of the future. I am sorry to say that I could not get past first 30 minutes, my mind kept wondering, and I had to rewind multiple times to follow the story (or what the author uses instead of one). Boring. Disappointing.
It follows a logical flow from the discoveries of information theory to our current information age.
l'enfer c'est les autres
Gleick explains information theory from soups to nuts, from African drum talking through Shannon's information theory. His chapter on information entropy is the first time when I finally started understanding the second law of thermodynamics (since they relate so well).
Because of this book any books that have anything regarding information theory, I ended buying it and listening.
In my 12 years of constant Audible listening/reading, There are few that I have enjoyed as much as The Information. As a CIO and data scientist who also happens to be a total history freak, I gained some truly profound insights into the nature of the information stack, from signal to message to language to semantics.
I have read this twice in the last 6 months and have recommended it to hundreds of colleagues. It is very well crafted writing, delivering vignettes at just the right level of length, depth, and, taken as a whole, breadth. You do not need to be a "technology person" to enjoy this.
Very well read by Rob Shapiro as well - this gets my highest recommendation.
this book is relevant to just about every scientific field (math, comp sci, cognitive science, molecular biology, physics, etc etc). i'd nominate this as one of the best non-fiction books of the year.
I was very much interested in the story, but had trouble keeping track of things. I really needed to be able to flip back and forth to remind myself of parts of the history in order for the currently read parts to make complete sense. This doesn't work well in audio format, and I ended up really wishing I had just bought it in print.
Information, the prime mover
the challenge of looking at
Humans as hosts for the DNA
A definite Challenge to conventional ways of viewing life.
it ranks among the best books I have read through audible or any other source of late.
James Gliek brings alive a topic that in any other hands could be as dull aas dish water. The way we comprehend the world is an evolving work in progress from the revolution of moveable print to computers and the perception thatthe universe is actually a product of information.
The author's style and presentation makes clear difficult subjects and is understandable ideas for even a ludite like myself . The book is filled with the people that created lut modern society. Be prepared to enjoy, but also to have your mind stretched.
Lord Byron's daughter was actually one of the first computer programs who worked with Babage on the first mechanical computer.
The reader is required if he is to get the most out of this book to pay attention as some of it is heavy going.
The reader is excellent. The book is wide-ranging and very, very good. However, it's highly intellectual material and not great for, say, long drives or exercising. I ended up buying it in paper to be able to jump back and forth through data and time. Paper rocks.