Information: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | March 18, 2010

byLuciano Floridi

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We live an information-soaked existence - information pours into our lives through television, radio, books, and of course, the Internet. Some say we suffer from 'infoglut'. But what is information? The concept of 'information' is a profound one, rooted in mathematics, central to wholebranches of science, yet with implications on every aspect of our everyday lives: DNA provides the information to create us; we learn through the information fed to us; we relate to each other through information transfer - gossip, lectures, reading. Information is not only a mathematically powerfulconcept, but its critical role in society raises wider ethical issues: who owns information? Who controls its dissemination? Who has access to information?Luciano Floridi, a philosopher of information, cuts across many subjects, from a brief look at the mathematical roots of information - its definition and measurement in 'bits'- to its role in genetics (we are information), and its social meaning and value. He ends by considering the ethics ofinformation, including issues of ownership, privacy, and accessibility; copyright and open source. For those unfamiliar with its precise meaning and wide applicability as a philosophical concept, 'information' may seem a bland or mundane topic. Those who have studied some science or philosophy or sociology will already be aware of its centrality and richness. But for all readers, whether from thehumanities or sciences, Floridi gives a fascinating and inspirational introduction to this most fundamental of ideas.

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We live an information-soaked existence - information pours into our lives through television, radio, books, and of course, the Internet. Some say we suffer from 'infoglut'. But what is information? The concept of 'information' is a profound one, rooted in mathematics, central to wholebranches of science, yet with implications on every...

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Herfordshire, where he holds the Research Chair in Philosophy of Information, and Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford. He is the founder and director of the Oxford University Information Ethics Research Group. His research interests include the philosophy of ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.02 inPublished:March 18, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The information revolution2. The language of information3. Mathematical information4. Semantic information5. Physical information6. Biological information7. Economic information8. The ethics of informationConclusionReferences