But just what is information?
The Information, a new book by James Gleick looks at the what information is and how it affects us. Here’s an excerpt from a fascinating book review at Slate by Tim Wu.
Information, it turns out, is deeply mysterious. Like a rare particle, it shows off tantalizing properties, and even by the end of the book still remains rather beyond our comprehension. We are told by different thinkers at different times that information is “entropy,” that it is “physical,” equal to “quantum mechanics,” that it might be life itself. And the more we learn about information, the more the topic begins to reveal new complications. We change it — for example, by inventing forms of storage or transmission. Yet as we do so, it changes us as well. Slate