The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood

Category: Engineering
Author: James Gleick
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by wkschwartz   2022-06-08
James Gleick‘s “Chaos”[0] (history of chaos theory) and “The Information”[1] (history of information theory) are so beautifully and artfully written you might forget they’re technical. As close as (history of) science writing comes to poetry.

A lot drier but top marks for clarity: “Linear Algebra Done Right” by Axler.[2] It got me through both undergraduate and PhD math degrees. When something was confusing in a lecture or another textbook, I could always return to Axler for the most direct path from ignorance to understanding.

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by beltsazar   2021-12-27
Hands down, the most fascinating book I read in 2021 (and I will have read for a long time!) is "The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood" by James Gleick:

Those who have a computer science background will almost definitely love the book. It connects many dots that are previously seemingly unrelated. My jaw dropped for literally every few pages of most chapters.

by rottc0dd   2020-10-29
I have not read any extensive studies of his work, but I have section regarding him in "The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood" [0], super cool. It is also a nice book overall IMHO.


by dbarlett   2017-08-20
Seconding Dream Machine. Three more:

The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood

Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today's Computers

by dave1629   2017-08-20
Kurt Beyer's book on Grace Hopper gives a great perspective on the early days of computing:

A very comprehensive view an lots of great stories in James Gleick's _The Information_:

by taylorbuley   2017-08-20
The embedded short on Claude Shannon is very good and highly reccommended

A good book on the subject is Gleick's The Information