Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Information

I'm currently reading The Information by James Gleick.  I've previously enjoyed his books Chaos and Faster, and this is another great one.  I'm currently in the material about Claude Shannon, who has long been one of my favorite mathematicians (yes, I have favorite mathematicians.) In the process of reading more about Vannevar Bush, who was Shannon's academic adviser, and about whom I know pitifully little, I discovered his concept of the Memex.  I was unaware that he had essentially theorized the hyperlink.  I am pleased that I have learned this, and pained that I did not know it previously.

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