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The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood

James Gleick

**A New York Times Notable Book
A Los Angeles Times *and *Cleveland Plain Dealer Best Book of the Year
****Winner of the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

From the bestselling author of the acclaimed Chaos *and *Genius comes a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information theory. 
Acclaimed science writer James Gleick presents an eye-opening vision of how our relationship to information has transformed the very nature of human consciousness. A fascinating intellectual journey through the history of communication and information, from the language of Africa’s talking drums to the invention of written alphabets; from the electronic transmission of code to the origins of information theory, into the new information age and the current deluge of news, tweets, images, and blogs. Along the way, Gleick profiles key innovators, including Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Samuel Morse, and Claude Shannon, and reveals how our understanding of information is transforming not only how we look at the world, but how we live.

The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood

James Gleick

**A New York Times Notable Book
Los Angeles Times *and *Cleveland Plain Dealer Best Book of the Year
****Winner of the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award


From the bestselling author of the acclaimed Chaos *and *Genius comes a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information theory. 

Acclaimed science writer James Gleick presents an eye-opening vision of how our relationship to information has transformed the very nature of human consciousness. A fascinating intellectual journey through the history of communication and information, from the language of Africa’s talking drums to the invention of written alphabets; from the electronic transmission of code to the origins of information theory, into the new information age and the current deluge of news, tweets, images, and blogs. Along the way, Gleick profiles key innovators, including Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Samuel Morse, and Claude Shannon, and reveals how our understanding of information is transforming not only how we look at the world, but how we live.

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Neverwhere: A Novel
Neil Gaiman
I think: Interesting so far. Mr. Gaiman’s a Goodreads author! Also on tumblr, I think…
Favourite Lines:1.  ”If you want to hurt her,” he said, “you’ll have to kill me first.”
Mr. Vandemar seemed genuinely pleased by this. “All right,” he said. “Thanks.”
2. The marquis breathed heavily on his fingernails and polished them on the lapel of his coat. “I have always felt,” he said, “that violence was the last refuge of the incompetent, and empty threats the final sanctuary of the terminally inept.”
The plot twist came just as the story was becoming dull. I may have an idea now about what the Angel Islington’s story could be. 
Goodreads page: Neverwhere: A Novel.
 

Neverwhere: A Novel

Neil Gaiman

I think: Interesting so far. Mr. Gaiman’s a Goodreads author! Also on tumblr, I think…

Favourite Lines:1.  ”If you want to hurt her,” he said, “you’ll have to kill me first.”

Mr. Vandemar seemed genuinely pleased by this. “All right,” he said. “Thanks.”

2. The marquis breathed heavily on his fingernails and polished them on the lapel of his coat. “I have always felt,” he said, “that violence was the last refuge of the incompetent, and empty threats the final sanctuary of the terminally inept.”

The plot twist came just as the story was becoming dull. I may have an idea now about what the Angel Islington’s story could be. 

Goodreads page: Neverwhere: A Novel.

 

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