Ideas and Information: Managing in a High-Tech World

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?Ideas and Information is extremely pleasant to read. It is full of fascinating and enlightening stories told brilliantly by a Nobel laureate who not only excels as a scientist but also is outstanding as a research manager.? ?Hiroshi Inose, Director General, National Center for Science Information System, Tokyo, Japan
In one short human generation, the primary work of the world has moved from the use of muscle to the use of machines, machines that move information rather than goods. We live in the age of the ...

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“Ideas and Information is extremely pleasant to read. It is full of fascinating and enlightening stories told brilliantly by a Nobel laureate who not only excels as a scientist but also is outstanding as a research manager.” —Hiroshi Inose, Director General, National Center for Science Information System, Tokyo, Japan
In one short human generation, the primary work of the world has moved from the use of muscle to the use of machines, machines that move information rather than goods. We live in the age of the information revolution. That revolution centers upon the computer, a machine of unquestioned power but questionable intelligence and competence. At heart, after all, computers are nothing more than souped-up pocket calculators which can push their own buttons. As such, they provide an electronic means for speeding up the basic operations of arithmetic—simple operations which enough pencils and paper could handle. Speed makes all the difference. And yet this speed has altered the world. Arno Penzias has written this book to demystify the computer and to explain the relationship of human beings and the human brain to the new electronic world.

Penzias, Nobel Prize winner and head of research at AT&T's Bell Laboratories, guides readers through the computer revolution and brings them out on the other side, more comfortable about machines, about people, and about their lives together.

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Library Journal
This is a positive, readable book about computers and people, not as in Sherry Turkle's best-selling The Second Self LJ 6/15/84, but told historically, and through anecdote. The author, a Nobel Prize winner and Bell Labs vice president, reveals the most through the insightful and diverse examples he gives. He talks about the computer's origins, workings, applications, limitations, management, artifical intelligence, and super capabilities. Penzias emphasizes that ``the world's most powerful information tool will continue to be the human mind.'' This is a rare title to be enjoyed by the technical and nontechnical reader alike.-- Janice Dunham, John Jay Coll. Lib., New York
Booknews
Penzias research, Bell Labs writes of the relationship between man and machine. He unveils the myths of computer mystery like a "notched stick" or a "glorified pocket calculator". A bibliography would have been welcome. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393333213
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1989
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 1,106,423
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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