Tuesday, March 1, 2011

James Gleick: Little Bits Go a Long Way

James Gleick, who visits the Writers Institute on Thursday 3/3, gets a rave review of his new book The Information from John Horgan in the Wall Street Journal:

"Some writers excel at crafting a historical narrative, others at elucidating esoteric theories, still others at humanizing scientists. Mr. Gleick is a master of all these skills. As he traces the evolution of intertwined ideas, he provides vivid portraits of [Claude] Shannon and other pioneers of our Information Age, including Charles Babbage, whose unbuilt 19th-century 'Analytical Engine' anticipated modern computers, and Alan Turing, whose machines helped the Allies crack German codes during World War II." More.