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.
Overwhelmed as we are with today's unceasing gush of information-some essential, some useless, and much falling into the broad middle of the spectrum-a study of how we got here and the innovators who played a part in creating the dazzling web of contemporary communications could not be more timely. Gleick's survey of pioneers of information, from Alan Turing to Claude Shannon, follows the many-layered strands forming the information superhighway. Rob Shapiro, slightly nasal, reads in measured fashion, pausing luxuriously between sentences and paragraphs to allow Gleick's own gush of information to sink in. Shapiro's stateliness makes for an artful contrast with Gleick's study of go-go modernity; listening to the audiobook manages to not add to the feeling of being overwhelmed. A Pantheon hardcover. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
`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
Gleick chronicles the story of information and how it has transformed human thought and life, covering quantum mechanics, the structure of DNA, and more. Rob Shapiro's narration effortlessly guides listeners through this dense material and renders it accessible to science and technology enthusiasts and general readers alike. (LJ 7/11) (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.