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The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

"In the long run, history is the story of information becoming aware of itself."
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick - this was not an easy read for me, I spent more time on this book than on two before and two after (all of comparable volume) combined. And I am not exactly sure why. I guess it could be the style, the vocabulary, the depth and the breadth of the subject matter coverage, or all of these and few other things put together. 

But I feel like it was well worth the effort. The story flows smoothly from the talking drums of Africa to the world of oral culture; to the invention of scripts and alphabets; to evolution of languages, books, catalogs and dictionaries; to further developments of abstraction, symbolic logic, and mathematics; to the birth of computer science, communications theory, information theory, quantum theory, ...

I don't think I can right a review that will do this book justice. So, I would simply say - this is a great book…