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Information The New Language of Science

ISBN-10: 0674018575
ISBN-13: 9780674018570
Edition: 2003
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Description: Information is poised to replace matter as the primary stuff of the universe, von Baeyer suggests; it will provide a new basic framework for describing and predicting reality in the twenty-first century. Despite its revolutionary premise, the book  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.50
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Information is poised to replace matter as the primary stuff of the universe, von Baeyer suggests; it will provide a new basic framework for describing and predicting reality in the twenty-first century. Despite its revolutionary premise, the book is written lucidly and offers a superb introduction to classical and quantum information.

Prologue: Really Big Questions
Background
Electric Rain: Information in our lives
The Spell of Democritus: Why information will transform physics
In-Formation: The roots of the concept
Counting Bits: The scientific measure of information
Abstraction: Beyond concrete reality
The Book of Life: Genetic information
A Battle Among Giants: Reductionism and emergence
The Oracle of Copenhagen: Science is about information
Classical Information
Figuring the Odds: How probability measures information
Counting Digits: The ubiquitous logarithm
The Message on the Tombstone: The meaning of entropy
Randomness: The flip side of information
Electric Information: From Morse to Shannon
Noise: Nuisance and necessity
Ultimate Speed: The information speed limit
Unpacking Information: The computer in the service of physics
Bioinformatics: Biology meets information technology
Information is Physical: The cost of forgetting
Quantum Information
The Quantum Gadget: Quantum weirdness brought to light
A Game of Beads: The wonder of superposition
The Qubit: Information in the quantum age
Quantum Computing: Putting qubits to work
Black Holes: Where information goes to hide
Work in Progress
Bits, Bucks, Hits and Nuts: Information theory beyond Shannon
Zeilinger's Principle: Information at the root of reality
Notes
Index

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