Information: A Very Short Introduction

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Pub. Date: 2010-03-26
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
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Groundbreaking and visionary  April 24, 2011
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Information is all around us. As I write this, I am sitting at my computer which holds more pictures, documents and videos than I ever thought were possible for any single person to accumulate. Besides the word processor, I also have my web browser open, and in it there are no fewer than fifteen different tabs that point to as many different web pages. Most of those are some form of news sites, where I continuously throughout the day feed my insatiable appetite for new and relevant information.

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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

Author Biography

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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