Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room

Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room

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by David Weinberger
     
 

We used to know how to know. We got our answers from books or experts. We’d nail down the facts and move on. But in the Internet age, knowledge has moved onto networks. There’s more knowledge than ever, of course, but it’s different. Topics have no boundaries, and nobody agrees on anything.

Yet this is the greatest time in history to be a

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Overview

We used to know how to know. We got our answers from books or experts. We’d nail down the facts and move on. But in the Internet age, knowledge has moved onto networks. There’s more knowledge than ever, of course, but it’s different. Topics have no boundaries, and nobody agrees on anything.

Yet this is the greatest time in history to be a knowledge seeker . . . if you know how. In Too Big to Know, Internet philosopher David Weinberger shows how business, science, education, and the government are learning to use networked knowledge to understand more than ever and to make smarter decisions than they could when they had to rely on mere books and experts.

This groundbreaking book shakes the foundations of our concept of knowledge—from the role of facts to the value of books and the authority of experts—providing a compelling vision of the future of knowledge in a connected world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465021420
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,339,994
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Crisis of Knowledge vii

1 Knowledge Overload 1

2 Bottomless Knowledge 19

3 The Body of Knowledge: An Introduction to the Rest of the Book 43

4 The Expertise of Clouds 47

5 A Marketplace of Echoes? 69

6 Long Form, Web Form 93

7 Too Much Science 121

8 Where the Rubber Hits the Node 159

9 Building the New Infrastructure of Knowledge 173

Acknowledgments 197

Notes 199

Index 219

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