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The Resource When information came of age : technologies of knowledge in the age of reason and revolution, 1700-1850, Daniel R. Headrick

When information came of age : technologies of knowledge in the age of reason and revolution, 1700-1850, Daniel R. Headrick

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When information came of age : technologies of knowledge in the age of reason and revolution, 1700-1850
Title
When information came of age
Title remainder
technologies of knowledge in the age of reason and revolution, 1700-1850
Statement of responsibility
Daniel R. Headrick
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Although the Information Age is often described as a new era, a cultural leap springing directly from the invention of modern computers, it is simply the latest step in a long cultural process. Its conceptual roots stretch back to the profound changes that occurred during the Age of Reason and Revolution. When Information Came of Age argues that the key to the present era lies in understanding the systems developed in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries to gather, store, transform, display, and communicate information." "The book provides a concise and readable survey of the many conceptual developments between 1700 and 1850 and draws connections to leading technologies of today. It documents three breakthroughs in information systems that date to the period: the classification and nomenclature of Linneaus, the chemical system devised by Lavoisier, and the metric system. It shows how eighteenth-century political arithmeticians and demographers pioneered statistics and graphs as a means for presenting data succinctly and visually. It describes the transformation of cartography from art to science as it incorporated new methods for determining longitude at sea and new data on the measure of the arc of the meridian on land. Finally, it looks at the early steps in codifying and transmitting information, including the development of dictionaries, the invention of semaphore telegraphs and naval flag signaling, and the conceptual changes in the use and purpose of postal services." "When Information Came of Age shows that, like the roots of democracy and industrialization, the foundations of the Information Age were built in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries."--Jacket
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Headrick, Daniel R
Dewey number
306.4/2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Learning and scholarship
  • Learning and scholarship
  • Information resources
  • Information resources
  • Enlightenment
  • Europe
  • Europe
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When information came of age : technologies of knowledge in the age of reason and revolution, 1700-1850, Daniel R. Headrick
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-222) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Information and its history -- Organizing information, the language of science -- Transforming information, the origins of statistics -- Displaying information, maps and graphs -- Storing information, dictionaries and encyclopedias -- Communicating information, postal and telegraphic systems -- Information ages, past and present
Control code
ocm53956438
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 246 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780198031086
Level of compression
unknown
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eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)53956438
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When information came of age : technologies of knowledge in the age of reason and revolution, 1700-1850, Daniel R. Headrick
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-222) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Information and its history -- Organizing information, the language of science -- Transforming information, the origins of statistics -- Displaying information, maps and graphs -- Storing information, dictionaries and encyclopedias -- Communicating information, postal and telegraphic systems -- Information ages, past and present
Control code
ocm53956438
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 246 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780198031086
Level of compression
unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)53956438

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