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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Basic Books, 2011 - Computers - 231 pages
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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.


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User Review  - nnschiller - LibraryThing

I finished this on the plane heading into LA. I really, really enjoyed reading the book, but it is going to take me quite a bit of time to unpack it. I was surprised that its reviews were so mixed. It ... Read full review

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User Review  - dcornwall - LibraryThing

Actually finished a month ago. Enjoyable and well documented read. Especially enjoyed the chapter on science. I believe libraries can do the five things Weinberger believes we need to create a smarter network. Read full review


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David Weinberger is a Senior Researcher at Harvard University's Berkman Center for the Internet and Society. He is the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined, Everything Is Miscellaneous, and a coauthor of The Cluetrain Manifesto. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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