Monday 26 November 2012

James Gleick’s The Information wins the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.

Annouced today:

James Gleick’s The Information is the winner of the 2012 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. Published by Fourth Estate, it tells the story of information and how humanity uses, transmits and stores it.
Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS, Chair of the judges, said: "The Information is an ambitious and insightful book that takes us, with verve and fizz, on a journey from African drums to computers, throwing in generous helpings of evidence and examples along the way. It is one of those very rare books that provide a completely new framework for understanding the world around us. It was a privilege to read."
 More evidence of the importance of understanding information.


Magnus Ramage said...
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Magnus Ramage said...

Gleick was interviewed about the prize on BBC Radio 4 (The World Tonight) yesterday evening. It's available at - interview is from 35:45 to 39:25. Good summary of the importance of information.