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信息简史(英文版)

The story of information begins in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanished as soon as it was born. From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long misunderstood “talk­ing drums” of Africa, James Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. He provides portraits of the key figures contributing to the inexorable develop­ment of our modern understanding of information: Charles Babbage, the idiosyncratic inventor of the first great mechanical computer; Ada Byron, the po­et’s brilliant and doomed daughter, who became the first true programmer; pivotal figures like Samuel Morse and Alan Turing; and Claude Shannon, the cre­ator of information theory itself. 
Chapter 1. Drums That Talk
Chapter 2. The Persistence of the Word
Chapter 3. Two Wordbooks
Chapter 4. To Throw the Powers of Thought into Wheel-Work
Chapter 5. A Nervous System for the Earth
Chapter 6. New Wires, New Logic
Chapter 7. Information Theory
Chapter 8. The Informational Turn
Chapter 9. Entropy and Its Demons
Chapter 10. Life’s Own Code
Chapter 11. Into the Meme Pool
Chapter 12. The Sense of Randomness
Chapter 13. Information Is Physical
Chapter 14. After the Flood
Chapter 15. New News Every Day

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