Such texts can, however, be assessed on the basis of how well they present the scope of a research area. When that area is as broad as information itself, the task is tremendous. Thus, we know upfront, before opening the book, that it will have to be dense in places, and it is. Nonetheless, it represents a good and much needed cross-section of conceptions to get someone started in the area.
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A concept with potential that fell flat in the execution. Apr 23, Jlawrence rated it really liked it Clear, swift overview of different definitions of information, and different methods of evaluating and interpreting information.
Part of the "Very Short Introduction" series of books, and you indeed get a good intro to mathematical, semantic, physical, biological and economic views and uses of information. But it did make me think of the herculean efforts of, for example, Jason Scott with his Archive Team and textfiles. This book is just an introduction to the topic of information storage and is selective in what it covers.
In keeping with this series of books the book has to be around pages. In the coming years the amount of information stored is set to grow exponentially. At the moment people are quite distrustful of information that is stored about but The book I read to research this post was Information A Very Short Introduction by Luciano Floridi which is a very good book which I bought from kindle.
At the moment people are quite distrustful of information that is stored about but as better methods of storage come into play and people see more benefits that may gradually change. A new idea is the Quantum Computer which will be a computer that will be able to do things we can barely dream about.
One problem in developing this is that some of the components are very fragile, but as time goes on that will change. Another idea is having computers that will be hard wired to do certain things. Finally something that is in its infancy is online games and this is likely to get more popular. Also virtual goods are likely to become more identified with online games and websites. Floridi does a wonderful job of picking apart the various ways the term "information" can be used. The last chapter is particularly philosophical in its implications for value theory, although it feels a tiny bit preachy nevertheless, it is a valuable exercise, even if it does presuppose some familiarity with environmental ethics.
Altogether a great read, especially considering that most of the chapters are A very concise introduction to information theory and philosophy of information. Altogether a great read, especially considering that most of the chapters are conceptually independent enough to serve as a quick reference guide for big ideas. But it ends this Friday, my friend. Information Theory classes are over, and so are you.
I like how you write in a way only you understand it and make me feel ignorant. I did enjoy your book however. Most of the other authors in the "Very Short Introduction" series manage to capture the essence of their subjects in clear, apt metaphors; Floridi seems to struggle untangling the difficult aspects of information theory for the layperson.
Oxford might want to give someone else a shot at this subject. Apr 04, John Kaye rated it it was ok As it turns out, too short. The language in laces is just too dense to get a proper sense ofwhat s being said, and much more explanation and examples would have helped.
May 13, Giuseppe Veltri rated it really liked it A short and incredibly useful book about the different notions of information. One of those books that is a toolbox for thinking.
Information: A Very Short Introduction