Classes at the University of California Berkeley get underway next week. You can get a preview of the courses that will be on offer at the UC Berkeley podcast website.
One old favorite that will be back is History of Information, to be team taught by linguist Geoffrey Nunberg and knowledge researcher Paul Duguid. Regular listeners of the NPR interview show Fresh Air will recognize Nunberg as the contributing linguist who opines on things like the 2010 Word of the Year. I listened to the course when they taught it a few years ago, and enjoyed this survey of information technologies from the invention of writing to Wikipedia and text messaging. Along the way you’ll learn about Gutenberg, and what really happened when he invented movable type, and how radio evolved from its earliest beginnings as a ship to shore communications tool.