The Information. A History, A Theory, A Flood.

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Presenter: James Gleick

Published: December 2012

Age: 18-22 and upwards

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Type: Lectures

Source/institution: Royal Society


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James Gleick shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality – the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world. The story of information begins in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanished as soon as it was born. From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long misunderstood “talking drums” of Africa, James Gleick tells the story of information technologies that, he claims, changed the very nature of human consciousness. He will explore where the age of information is taking us, swept along by a deluge of signs and signals, news and images, blogs and tweets.