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We live in a society that is awash with information, but few of us really understand what information is.
In this Very Short Introduction, one of the world's leading authorities on the philosophy of information and on information ethics, Luciano Floridi, offers an illuminating exploration of information as it relates to both philosophy and science. He discusses the roots of the concept of information in mathematics and science, and considers the role of information in several fields, including biology.
Floridi also discusses concepts such as "Infoglut" (too much information to process) and the emergence of an information society, and he addresses the nature of information as a communication process and its place as a physical phenomenon. Perhaps more important, he explores information's meaning and value, and ends by considering the broader social and ethical issues relating to information, including problems surrounding accessibility, privacy, ownership, copyright, and open source. This book helps us understand the true meaning of the concept and how it can be used to understand our world.
''Splendidly pellucid.''- Steven Poole, The Guardian
Luciano Floridi holds the Research Chair in Philosophy of Information at the University of Hertfordshire and is also Fellow of St. Cross College, Oxford University. He is one of Europe's most influential thinkers in the area of philosophy of science, technology, and ethics.
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