It’s often said we live in an information age.
Last year, author and journalist James Gleick gave readers what is fast becoming hailed as the book for understanding the history and importance of information. At over 500 pages, The Information : a history, a theory, a flood (M) seems —at first glance (or first heft) —an unlikely candidate for popular attention, but it has received both that and a heap of critical praise.
by David Deutsch
by David Weinberger
Gleick’s book is filled with stories of individuals, and their contributions to the technologies that allowed our information age to develop. Biographies of these individuals abound, including:
Lightning Man: the accursed life of Samuel F.B. Morse (M)
by Kenneth Silverman
– about the creator of the Morse Code system.
by David Leavitt
– about the man whose work on cracking the Nazi Enigma Code foreshadowed computers as we know them today.
by James Harkin