The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood Short Answer Test - Answer Key

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1. In the prologue to "The Information", what year does Gleick identify as a crucial year in the history of information and computing?

1948.

2. What was the small device intended to replace bulky vacuum tubes perfected by Bell Laboratories called?

The transistor.

3. What new word did Claude Shannon, a mathematical researcher at Bell Labs, introduce in the in-house journal called "A Mathematical Theory of Communication"?

The bit.

4. What theory was not only useful in practical communications, but had applications in psychology, biology, and physics?

The information theory.

5. Gleick presents his intention to trace the growth of both the concept of information and information itself by identifying what key elements?

The people and thinking that contributed to it.

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