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.
Beth reads books. She holds them in her hand and she turns the pages and reads the words. I download, plug in, and listen.
yes. i don't think i could turn all the pages.
Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software
i never noticed him
i'll buy this book now and keep it on my shelf. i am sure i will want to be reminded of the things inside it
No, because it is too complicated
Leave out some of the details. Simplify it.
He made the lives of the characters more interesting
Not a film kind of book
in a book that includes so many German phrases and words it would be nice to have someone check on Rob's German skills
As a fan of history podcasts and world history (check out Dan Carlin's Hardcore History for absolute listening crack cocaine), I often wondered about the internet and it's potential impact on society at large.
Often I had suggested in forums that this topic should be examined as, aside from the printing press, I could think of no example in human history where one invention had so connected the world. Logically I was curious to see what other examples could be found, and if they could offer a predictor for possible outcomes of such connectivity.
While the book doesn't offer any predictions, it does uniformly cover the creation of not just the internet, but the curation of ideas, and the connectedness of man in many different facets.
Hearing the history of mankinds efforts to connect, their soaring successes, the ideas ahead of their time, and the results of all of them at the time, has helped me weed through information overload, and feel more at peace with a world where you cannot turn without hitting a screen, a fact, or a transmission of some kind every moment of the day.
The book was a perfect drink to quench my history of information thirst. AMAZING!
Sure - the book unfolds and builds so effectively.
I read Chaos Theory by Gleick after listening to The Information -- another fascinating book. Gleick is the new voice of the history of science.
Gleick's description of how scientists figured out how the talking drums in Africa communicated.
A must read for anyone interested in science and the culture at large. Also Rob Shapiro voices the book perfectly - a pleasure to hear him read.