James Gleick was born in New York in 1954. He worked for ten years as an editor and reporter for The New York Times. He is the bestselling author of Chaos, Genius, Faster, What Just Happened and a biography of Isaac Newton.
`An audacious book which offers remarkable insight. Gleick takes us, with verve and fizz, on a journey from African drums to computers, liberally sprinkling delightful factoids along the way. This is a book we need to give us a fresh perspective on how we communicate and how that shapes our world.' The Royal Society Winton Prize Judges`Mind-stretching but enlightening ... the power and breadth of the ideas involved cannot but make you marvel.' Daily Mail`Magisterial...It is not merely a history of information, but also a theory and a prospectus. To describe it as ambitious is to engage in almost comical understatement.' Matthew Syed, The Times`A deeply impressive and rather beautiful book.' Philip Ball, Observer`The fascinating story of how humans have transmitted knowledge...broad and occasionally brilliant.' Sunday Times`This is a work of rare penetration, a true history of ideas whose witty and determined treatment of its material brings clarity to a complex subject.' Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph