Information: A Historical Companion

book cover: Lorraine Daston: Information: A Historical Companion (2021)

Several present and former MPIWG members, among which Director Emerita Lorraine Daston, contribute to new multidisciplinary essay collection.

"A landmark history that traces the creation, management, and sharing of information through six centuries."

This volume tracks the global emergence of practices, information technologies and more, from the premodern era to the present day. With entries ranging from archivists to algorithms and scribes to surveillance, it serves an on overview on how information has been shaped by societies.