Aaboe, Asger, 44, 44
An abacus assuming human computers
charts twitter, tonality to calculate
complexity. Randomness, or the apparent
historical evolution of Aeschylus,
accesses African languages (see also
talking drums.) So alphabets as code compile
biological processes producing a
Table to find the Height of the Pole, or Alice
in Wonderland (Carroll). Any measurement of
information will yield anthropocentrism.
Babbage, Charles, 105, 120-21, 166, 178, 182, 205, 212, 213, 254-55
Babbage, Georgiana Whitmore coding Babel,
the human ecosystem, and/or mental skill
for tables of paper, describe biology:
book-burning as a basis for blunt physics.
And binary operations, built by Bohr, Neils
codes Baudot, or the fundamental particles
of bandwidth used by the Bodleian Library.
Entelechy “recodes” information, programs
numbers as bits, see neurophysiology;
this is the cost of informational processing.
Everyone, even economics, entangles
Entscheidungsproblem with redundancy in memes,
the emergence of global consciousness, even
electricity. Nonetheless, once in a while,
energy in black holes escapes into e-mail
and Elements of Electro-Biology
(Smee). Edwards, Mary and Eliot, T.S. dis-
order English with savvy commands evading
Epimenide’s paradox with barbed-wire
telephones, erasing information storage.
Gabor, Dennis, 252
Genetics as information science is a
coding system found in Gilgamesh, immense as
google times Godel, Kurt. Overall General
Electric games the system, from the Great Soviet
Encyclopedia to Greece, suffusing the
entire Gutenberg Galaxy (McLuhan).
Gibson, William is a process of gravity,
Glossographia: or a Dictionary (Blount);
and gravity, a metaphor—architecture’s
gene structure and function: The Great Exhibition.
I am a mathematician (Wiener), 235
Iatroepidemics and IBM share
imagination, thus a historical fear
that all “Information is Inevitably
Physical” (Landauer). Borges’s “Library
of Babel” compiles a semantic counter-
part in ideographic writing yielding pi
and the Iliad (Homer). Cryptography as
a system-state shows the possibility of
language, knowledge as psychology or at least
a significant noise source in the internet.
Note on the poems: These poems are constructed from the index of The Information (Pantheon Books, 2011) by James Gleick and seek to address the codification of meaning inherent in the nature of an index’s structure. As a book’s generative semantic field collapses into an index—a crystallized but stable structure—one can also “translate” an index by re-purposing it’s content as verse. In this way the life-cycle of a document metamorphoses once more.