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    It sometimes seems as if curbing entropy is our quixotic purpose in this universe.
    — James Gleick
    tags: universe 
     
    Everything we care about lies somewhere in the middle, where pattern and randomness interlace.
    — James Gleick
    tags: lies  care 
     
    Thinking about language, while thinking _in_ language, leads to puzzles and paradoxes.
    — James Gleick
    tags: language  thinking 
     
    "Half genius and half buffoon," Freeman Dyson ... wrote. ... [Richard] Feynman struck him as uproariously American-unbuttoned and burning with physical energy. It took him a while to realize how obsessively his new friend was tunneling into the very bedrock of modern science.
    — James Gleick
    tags: friends  energy  genius 
     
    Vengeful conquerors burn books as if the enemy's souls reside there, too.
    — James Gleick
    tags: soul  book 
     
    The Internet is like a town that leaves its streets unmarked on the principle that people who don't already know don't belong
    — James Gleick
    tags: people  internet 
     
    The universe is computing its own destiny.
    — James Gleick
    tags: universe 
     
    To some physicists chaos is a science of process rather than state, of becoming rather than being.
    — James Gleick
    tags: process  chaos 
     
    We choose mania over boredom every time.
    — James Gleick
    tags: time 
     
    Running for president is the new selfie.
    — James Gleick
    tags: running 
     
    When information is cheap, attention becomes expensive.
    — James Gleick
    tags: attention 
     
    The history of life is written in terms of negative entropy.
    — James Gleick
    Life sucks order from a sea of disorder.
    — James Gleick
    Google is where we go for answers. People used to go elsewhere or, more likely, stagger along not knowing.
    — James Gleick
    tags: people  knowing 
     
    One of the ways the telegraph changed us as humans was it gave us a new sense of what time it is. It gave us an understanding of simultaneity. It gave us the ability to synchronize clocks from one place to another. It made it possible for the world to have standard time and time zones and then Daylight Savings Time and then after that jetlag. All of that is due to the telegraph because, before that, the time was whatever it was wherever you were.
    — James Gleick
    The basic idea of Western science is that you don't have to take into account the falling of a leaf on some planet in another galaxy when you're trying to account for the motion of a billiard ball on a pool table on earth. Very small influences can be neglected. There's a convergence in the way things work, and arbitrarily small influences don't blow up to have arbitrarily large effects.
    — James Gleick
    tags: work  earth  influence  ideas 
     
    The microwave oven is one of the modern objects that convey the most elemental feeling of power over the passing seconds ... If you suffer from hurry sickness in its most advanced stages, you may find yourself punching 88 seconds instead of 90 because it is faster to tap the same digit twice.
    — James Gleick
    tags: power 
     
    Every new medium transforms the nature of human thought. In the long run, history is the story of information becoming aware of itself.
    — James Gleick
    In the mind's eye, a fractal is a way of seeing infinity.
    — James Gleick
    tags: eyes  seeing  mind 
     
    It is not the amount of knowledge that makes a brain. It is not even the distribution of knowledge. It is the interconnectedness.
    — James Gleick
    tags: brain 
     
    I have seen the future, and it is still in the future.
    — James Gleick
    tags: future 
     
    Information is not knowledge and knowledge is not wisdom.
    — James Gleick
    tags: wisdom 
     
    Ideas that require people to reorganize their picture of the world provoke hostility.
    — James Gleick
    tags: people  world  ideas 
     
    It is not true that people who accomplish things don't waste time and that people who waste time don't accomplish things. The very concept is ill-informed. You can't waste time and you can't save time; you can only choose what you do at any given moment.
    — James Gleick
    tags: time  people  moment  true 
     
    The quotation-business is booming. No subdivision of the culture seems too narrow to have a quotation book of its own.... It would be an understatement to say that these books lean on one another. To compare them is to stroll through a glorious jungle of incestuous mutual plagiarism.
    — James Gleick
    tags: culture  book 
     
    Cyberspace, especially, draws us into the instant.
    — James Gleick
    The Internet has taken shape with startlingly little planning? The most universal and indispensable network on the planet somehow burgeoned without so muchasa boardofdirectors, never minda mergers-and- acquisitions department. There is a paradoxical lesson here for strategists. In economic terms, the great corporations are acting like socialist planners, while old- fashioned free-market capitalism blossoms at their feet.
    — James Gleick
    As soon as the printing press started flooding Europe with books, people were complaining that there were too many books and that it was going to change philosophy and the course of human thought in ways that wouldnt necessarily be good.
    — James Gleick
    At its most fundamental, information is a binary choice. In other words, a single bit of information is one yes-or-no choice.
    — James Gleick
    We say that time passes, time goes by, and time flows. Those are metaphors. We also think of time as a medium in which we exist.
    — James Gleick
    tags: time  metaphor  media 
     
    It is significant that one says book lover and music lover and art lover but not record lover or CD lover or, conversely, text lover.
    — James Gleick
    tags: music  book  lover 
     
    Children and scientists share an outlook on life. If I do this, what will happen? is both the motto of the child at play and the defining refrain of the physical scientist. ... The unfamiliar and the strange - these are the domain of all children and scientists.
    — James Gleick
    I can't remember the last book that taught me so much, and so well, about what it means to be human.
    — James Gleick
    tags: human  book 
     
    He believed in the primacy of doubt, not as a blemish upon our ability to know, but as the essence of knowing.
    — James Gleick
    tags: doubt  knowing 
     
    Intuition was not just visual but also auditory and kinesthetic. Those who watched Feynman in moments of intense concentration came away with a strong, even disturbing sense of the physicality of the process, as though his brain did not stop with the grey matter but extended through every muscle in his body.
    — James Gleick
    The alternative to doubt is authority, against which science had fought for centuries.
    — James Gleick
    tags: doubt  authority 
     
    Neither technology nor efficiency can acquire more time for you, because time is not a thing you have lost. It is not a thing you ever had....
    — James Gleick
    tags: time  lost  technology 
     
    Tiny differences in input could quickly become overwhelming differences in output.... In weather, for example, this translates into what is only half-jokingly known as the Butter- fly Effect-the notion that a butterfly stirring the air today in Peking can transform storm systems next month in New York.
    — James Gleick
    tags: butterfly  example 
     
    The library will endure; it is the universe... We walk the corridors, searching the shelves and rearranging them, looking for lines of meaning amid leagues of cacophony and incoherence, reading the history of the past and of the future, collecting our thoughts and collecting the thoughts of others, and every so often glimpsing mirrors, in which we may recognize creatures of the information.
    — James Gleick
    Geniuses of certain kinds - mathematicians, chess players, computer programmers - seem, if not mad, at least lacking in the social skills most easily identified with sanity.
    — James Gleick
    tags: chess  computer 
     
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