9780195153736

When Information Came of Age Technologies of Knowledge in the Age of Reason and Revolution, 1700-1850

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    9780195153736

  • ISBN10:

    0195153731

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-01-03
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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 andRevolution. 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 Linnaeus, thechemical 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 itincorporated new methods for determining longitude at sea and new data on the measure 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 flagsignaling, 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 century.

Author Biography


Daniel R. Headrick is Professor of Social Science and History at Roosevelt University and author of numerous books on world history, includnig The Invisible Weapon, The Tentacles of Progress, and The Tools of Empire.

Table of Contents

Information and Its History
3(218)
Organizing Information
The Language of Science
15(44)
Transforming Information
The Origin of Statistics
59(37)
Displaying Information
Maps and Graphs
96(46)
Storing Information
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
142(39)
Communicating Information
Postal and Telegraphic Systems
181(36)
Information Ages
Past and Present
217(4)
Selected Bibliography 221(2)
Credits 223(2)
Index 225

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