Information, Knowledge, Text is concerned with connections between computing and writing and precursors to modern information technologies. It brings historical and humanistic perspectives to bear on contemporary information developments, enabling a deepening understanding of those developments. Rather than developing a single overarching thesis, Warner weaves together several themes, basing his chapters on carefully edited journal articles and conference presentations. Individual essays cover the history of writing and signal transmission, the concept of exactness as it relates to human semiotic constructions, forms of representation in formal logic and automata studies, copyright, and graphic communication. A final chapter offers a review of literature that further explores the established themes.
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Julian Warner is a faculty member in information studies at the Queen's University of Belfast and has been a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the former chair of the Special Interest Group on the History and Foundations of Information Science.Review:
Students of information science should be enlightened and intrigued by [Information, Knowledge, Text]. Warner's book is to be recommended for the value it brings to the librarian's intellectual life. (College & Research Libraries)
Warner's book is to be recommended for the value it brings to the librarian's intellectual life. (American Libraries)
...Warner has written a very thoughtful and well-informed book that definitely deserves attention. His historical exposition of writing and the computer, and the connection between these, as information technologies that shape human activities, is enlightening. (JASIST (Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology))
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Book Description Scarecrow Press, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M081083989X