The late twentieth century is trumpeted as the Information Age by pundits and politicians alike, and on the face of it, the claim requires no justification. But in Information Ages, Michael E. Hobart and Zachary S. Schiffman challenge this widespread assumption. In a sweeping and captivating history of information technology from the ancient Sumerians to the world of Alan Turing and John von Neumann, the authors show how revolutions in the technology of information storage -- from the invention of writing approximately 5,000 years ago to the mathematical models for describing physical reality in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the introduction of computers -- profoundly transformed ways of thinking.
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Hobart and Schiffman see what we call the "information age" as actually the third such "age." The first began with the invention of writing and the second with the development of the printing press. Further, they claim that the present information revolution, while creating much faster change than the other two, will actually have less impact on human thought and culture than its predecessors.
It is the first they find most dramatic, since "information" as we know it today is intimately tied to the invention of writing. By their definition, information is a human concept rather than something that exists in and of itself; information came into existence when knowledge could be stored outside an individual human's memory. Hobart and Schiffman trace the history of their conception of information through three eras: the classical, which began when oral traditions gave way to written records; the modern, in which printing brought information into the hands of the masses and allowed numeracy to shape human conceptions of reality; and the contemporary age of computers and cyberspace. This fascinating book challenges readers to reexamine foundational assumptions about information and the nature of knowledge. --Elizabeth LewisBook Description:
Clay tablets to Bill Gates
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Descrizione libro JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS, BALTIMORE, MD, 1998. Encuadernacion original. Condizione libro: NUEVO / NEW. 1ª edicion. HOBART, M. E. / Z. S. SCHIFFMAN INFORMATION AGES. LITERACY, NUMERACY, AND THE COMPUTER REVOLUTION. BALTIMORE, MD, 1998, xiv 299 p. figuras Encuadernacion original. Nuevo. Codice libro della libreria 35328
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