Saturday, February 16, 2013

Too Big to Know?

I can't believe that this book escaped me for almost a year. I mean David Weinberger's 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. I have bought the Kindle edition and will report on it, as I explore the claims made in it.

From the book description: "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." I have a feeling that there is much to disagree in it (which I take to be (mostly) a good thing).

There is also a blog that goes with the book.


Michael Leddy said...

“We’d nail down the facts and move on.” That seems like a mighty large assertion. So much for urban folklore and hearsay and rumor! I’m interested to see what you make of this book.

Thomas Teepe said...

Perhaps a related read on the impact the internet might have on scientific discovery:
Reinventing Discovery, by Michael Nielsen.