Bibliography

What follows is a short list of books and essays (and one film) that have inspired me and that I have mentioned in this book for one reason or another. But I must give one reference pride of place as my go-to source of first and often only resort:

Wikipedia: Many articles, by many authors.

Jim Al-Khalili, Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science (Penguin, 2012).

Isaac Asimov, Foundaton Trilogy (Gnome Press, 1951).

Antonio Badia, The Information Manifold: Why Computers Can't Solve Algorithmic Bias and Fake News (MIT Press, 2019). https://doi.org/10.7551/mitpress/12061.001.0001

The Venerable Bede, On the Reckoning of Time (c. 723).

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (Ballantine, 1953).

Vera Britain, Testament of Youth (Victor Gollancz, 1933).

Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871).

James Essinger, Jacquard’s Web: How a Hand-Loom Led to the Birth of the Information Age (Oxford University Press, 2004).

Luciano Floridi, Information: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010). https://doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.001.0001

James Gleick, The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood (Fourth Estate, 2011).

Stephen Jay Gould, ‘The Panda’s Thumb of Technology’, in Bully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History (Penguin, 1992).

GPO Film Unit, Night Mail (1936).

Robert Kaplan, The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero (Allen Lane, 1999).

John Man, Alphabeta: How 26 Letters Shaped the Western World (Headline, 2000).

John Man, The Gutenberg Revolution: The story of a genius and an invention that changed the world (Review, 2002).

Cyril Northcote Parkinson, Parkinson’s Law: The Pursuit of Progress (Houghton Mifflin, 1957).

Steven Pinker, The Language Instinct: The New Science of Language and Mind (Harper, 1994).

Andrew Robinson, The Story of Writing: Alphabets, Hieroglyphs and Pictograms (Thames & Hudson, 1995; 2nd ed 2007).

David Rothenberg, Hand’s End: Technology and the Limits of Nature (University of California Press, 1995).

Paul Saenger, Space Between Words : The Origins of Silent Reading (Stanford University Press, 2000).

Claude Shannon, ‘A Mathematical Theory of Communication’ The Bell System Technical Journal XXVII, No. 3 (July 1948), pp. 379–423.

Adam Silverstein, Postal Systems in the Pre-Modern Islamic World (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Simon Singh, The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography (Fourth Estate, 1999).

Tom Standage, The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-Line Pioneers (Walker, 1998).

JoAnne Yates, ‘Co-evolution of Information-Processing Technology and Use: Interaction between the Life Insurance and Tabulating Industries’ The Business History Review 67, No. 1 (Spring, 1993), pp. 1–51.

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