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Carl Sagan quote ~ The magic of books

Carl Sagan quote ~ The magic of books

As a lifelong bibliophile, this quote about books from Carl Sagan made me pause and look at my library with wonder.

“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called ‘leaves’) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person—perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.”

— Carl Sagan, Cosmos

via Joshua McGee (mcgeesorg) tweet: Carl #Sagan’s awesome #quote on #book(s)

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NPR Interview with James Gleick – Author of ‘The Information’

NPR Interview with James Gleick – Author of ‘The Information’

This NPR interview with James Gleick was weak, but good enough to whet my appetite for Gleick’s new book, The Information.

To be fair, the topic of information theory is HUGE and intersects with just about everything, which was one of the points of the book that Gleick got across.  But I guess it’s just a hard topic to convey much about in a five minute interview. I was left wanting—which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as I just ordered the book off Amazon 🙂

One of my favorite books EVER was also on the topic of information theory. Written by Jeremy Campbell, Grammatic Man also told the story of information theory, and I found it absolutely enthralling. It was….

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