The late 20th century is referred to as the Information Age and the claim appears to require no justification. But in this text, the authors challenge this widespread assumption. In a 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 5000 years ago to the mathematical models for describing physical reality in the 17th and 18th centuries to the introduction of computers - profoundly transformed ways of thinking. They posit the theory that during the first information age, the classical age of literacy, systems for keeping written records did not simply enhance earlier oral models of communication but actually created the concept of information itself. The development first of cuneiform and later of alphabetic writing freed the mind from the mnemonic burdens of oral culture and encouraged new forms of intellectual activity. The invention of the alphabet in particular spurred the ancient Greeks to speculate on language and its relation to experience, thus prompting the rise of natural philosophy. Combining what is now known as science and philosophy, this new form of knowing classified information about the world in a hierarchical system that mirrored the observable order of nature and for two millennia provided the intellectual standard of the Western world. Throught the book, the authors emphasize that information is a historical creation of the human mind rather than a fixed aspect of reality. Providing an enquiry into how humanity has stored and processed information from prehistoric to contemporary times, the text offers a perspective on ourselves and our past, as well as a look into the future.
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"Grand intellectual history... What Hobart and Schiffman have achieved through this cheery analysis is one of the more decisive refutations of the various 'End of History' arguments that have been floated over the past fifteen years. Information 'ages,' they pun, but history lives forever." -- Matthew DeBord, Salon
"Far reaching and eloquent... Hobart and Schiffman follow the dreams, trials, and successes of such innovators as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Galileo, Turing, and von Neumann as they took advantage of three distinct ages of information." -- Publishers Weekly
"This is a most interesting book... the sort of book that will be read again and again." -- ChoiceBook Description:
"Extraordinarily timely in every sense of the word. There is no work available to my knowledge that summarizes so succinctly the relations between knowledge and its media over the entire span of human history." -- D. R. Woolf, Dalhousie University
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Descrizione libro U.S.A.: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. 1st Edition.. 9265 Language: eng Language: eng. Signed by Author(s). Codice libro della libreria M-171B
Descrizione libro JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS, BALTIMORE, MD, 1998. Encuadernacion original. Condizione libro: NUEVO / NEW. 1ª edicion. xiv + 299 paginas, figuras. Codice libro della libreria 35328
Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX080185881X
Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University P, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P11080185881X
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Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 080185881X