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When Information Came of Age: Technologies of Knowledge in the Age of Reason and Revolution, 1700-1850 Paperback – Nov 19 2008


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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Revised ed. edition (Jan. 15 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195153731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195153736
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 2 x 14.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #826,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Refreshingly unpretentious, judiciously argued, and unusually wide-ranging, When Information Came of Age is a masterful synthesis of a large and sprawling topic. Filled with apt quotations and illuminating anecdotes, it should appeal to specialist and nonspecialist alike and will prove
invaluable to lecturers looking for fresh approaches to familiar topics. . It deserves a wide audience as a stimulating, lucid, and elegantly written historical survey of several of the most important information systems now ubiquitous in the modern world." - William and Mary Quarterly

"Impressive and interesting....The range of reference in the work is impressive, and Headrick's scholarship touches many subjects."--English Historical Review

"A treasure trove of information, well written and well illustrated, and is full of evidence to dispel the myth that Information Technology began in the 20th century." --First Monday

"An original, lucid synthesis, one that serves to remind us that today's controversies often have long pedigrees. Many of our debates on Internet privacy and encryption, for instance, have their origins in the postal service and legislative controversies of the French Revolution. The
recounting of the history of power and information has only begun, and this book is an outstanding contribution."--The Wilson Quarterly

"One of the myths of the computer era is that it is our age that invented Information Technology. In a book that is as timely as it is scholarly, Dan Headrick shows how the age of enlightenment discovered 'information' as a systematic way of organizing the things we know. Information
technologies preceded industrialization and clearly played a major role in the emergence of modern production techniques and the democratic institutions of free market. Headrick is one of the most imaginative and original minds working on historical questions today."--Joel Mokyr, Northwestern
University

"Information processing is not a recent invention. Indeed, it is as old as human speech. Headrick's path-breaking book shows us, with admirable precision, how information processing assumed new forms and reshaped European and American society between 1700 and 1850."--William H. McNeill,
University of Chicago (Emeritus) "Anyone interested in the historical roots of the present Information Age should read When Information Came of Age." Daniel Headrick argues convincingly that the modern attitudes toward information that we take for granted had their start in the 18th century. From
dictionaries to maps to classification schemes in natural history and chemistry, Headrick explains how and why scientists and humanists began to think about information in new ways--and how these new ways of thinking about information made possible the present Information Age."--Steven Lubar,
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

"It is already a commonplace to refer to our time as the 'Information Age' and most people would probably associate it with the diffusion of computing technology. Headrick does a masterful job in When Information Came of Age of showing that the roots of this age lie deep in profound changes in
the methods of handling information that occurred a long time ago. The lesson is important because in nurturing innovation it is necessary to realize that new gadgets are only a superficial manifestation of the really revolutionary things happening out of sight."--Juan D. Rogers, Georgia Institute
of Technology

"When Information Came of Age is an excellent addition to the growing collection of studies on the origins of 'our' Information Age. Headrick clearly demonstrates that a revolution occurred in the organization and presentation of information long before the arrival of the computer. This is
an important book."--James M. Cortada, IBM and author of Before the Computer

"...An unusually readable book....As a readable and accessible account of the very early development of information technologies, When Information Came of Age can be strongly recommended as suitable for undergraduate studies of information-technology history and as an essential library
acquisition."--Technology and Culture

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