Simon Winchester examines information transmission through time. From oral traditions, to computers, how do we know what we know?
One of the most interesting questions is that of digital amnesia, where information is easy to gather from the internet so it has little value to us and thus we forget it easily. We explored similar concepts in The Death of Expertise.
If you’re into the history of knowledge transmission, this is a decent book. If you don’t want to read long chapters about how papyrus and vellum changed knowledge, this isn’t the book for you.