Glut : mastering information through the ages / Alex Wright.

"Spanning disciplines from evolutionary theory and cultural anthropology to the history of books, libraries, and computer science, Wright weaves a narrative that connects such seemingly far-flung topics as insect colonies, Stone Age jewelry, medieval monasteries, Renaissance encyclopedias, earl...

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Access Note:Electronic resource (access conditions).
Main Author: Wright, Alex, 1966-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Washington, D.C. : Joseph Henry Press, ©2007.
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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • 1. Networks and hierarchies
  • 2. Family trees and the tree of life
  • 3. The ice age information explosion
  • 4. The age of alphabets
  • 5. Illuminating the dark age
  • 6. A steam engine of the mind
  • 7. The astral power station
  • 8. The encyclopedic revolution
  • 9. The moose that roared
  • 10. The industrial library
  • 11. The Web that wasn't
  • 12. Memories of the future
  • Appendixes
  • A. John Wilkins's universal categories
  • B. Thomas Jefferson's 1783 catalog of books
  • C. The Dewey decimal system
  • D. S.R. Ranganathan's colon classification
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Index.