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Short description In a world of rapid technological advancement, it is easy to forget that writing is the original Information Technology, created to transcend the limitations of human memory and to defy time and space. The Writing Revolution describes how this communication tool has conquered the world, making possible everything from complex bureaucracy and literature, to instruction manuals and love letters. From the first cuneiform clay tablet to the World Wide Web - by way of Egyptian hieroglyphs, Japanese syllabaries, and the printing press - this book offers a fascinating insight into the history of one of the world's greatest inventions.
From the contents Preface.
1. The First IT Revolution.
2. Cuneiform: Forgotten Legacy of a Forgotten People.
3. Egyptian Hieroglyphs and the Quest for Eternity.
4. Chinese: A Love of Paperwork.
5. Maya Glyphs: Calendars of Kings.
6. Linear B: The Clerks of Agamemnon.
7. Japanese: Three Scripts are Better than One.
8. Cherokee: Sequoyah Reverse-Engineers.
9. The Semitic Alphabet: Egypt to Manchuria in 3400 Years.