Friday, September 11, 2015

Book Review: The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood- by James Gleick

The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book covered the information (pun intended) that I thought it would, but not in the way that I expected it to. The book seemed to jump around at points and only highlighted some things rather than being an overview of most/all things. I expected it to cover a lot more about the technology revolution and about data storage than it did; I also kind of expected it to cover more information theory than it did. Overall it was a good overview of the history of how we have communicated information, how we have transmitted it over distances, and unique takes on it. The book also covered a lot of different types of information and presented the idea that everything is information when you get down to the base level. There are lots of interesting anecdotes that were told, but often too many details were left out to make it enticing. The biggest downside of the book was that it was long, slow, and very dry.

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