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Information Ages: Literacy, Numeracy, and the Computer Revolution

by Michael E Hobart and Zachary S Schiffman Johns Hopkins University Press
Pub Date:
04/2000
ISBN:
9780801864124
Format:
Pbk 320 pages
Price:
AU$62.00 NZ$63.48
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The late twentieth century is trumpeted as the Information Age by pundits and politicians alike, and on the face of it, the claim requires no justification. But in Information Ages, Michael E. Hobart and Zachary S. Schiffman challenge this widespread assumption. In a sweeping and captivating history of information technology from the ancient Sumerians to the world of Alan Turing and John von Neumann, the authors show how revolutions in the technology of information storage–from the invention of writing approximately 5,000 years ago to the mathematical models for describing physical reality in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the introduction of computers–profoundly transformed ways of thinking.

"This is a most interesting book... the sort of book that will be read again and again."

Michael E. Hobart is a professor of history at Bryant College. Zachary S. Schiffman is a professor of history and chair of the Department of History at Northeastern Illinois University.