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Information: the new language of science

Author: Von Baeyer, Hans Christian Publisher: Harvard University Press, 2003.Language: EnglishDescription: 258 p. : Graphs/Ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0674013875Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Includes bibliographical references and index


Information The new language of science Table of contents Prologue: Really Big Questions ix Background 1 Electric Rain: Information in our lives 3 2 The Spell of Democritus: Why information will transform physics 11 3 In-Formation: The roots of the concept 18 4 Counting Bits: The scientific measure of information 28 5 Abstraction: Beyond concrete reality 35 6 The Book of Life: Genetic information 42 7 A Battle Among Giants: Reductionism and emergence 54 8 The Oracle of Copenhagen: Science is about information 61 Classical Information 9 Figuring the Odds: How probability measures information 69 10 Counting Digits: The ubiquitous logarithm 81 11 The Message on the Tombstone: The meaning of entropy 90 12 Randomness: The flip side of information 99 13 Electric Information: From Morse to Shannon 111 14 Noise: Nuisance and necessity 122 15 Ultimate Speed: The information speed limit 129 16 Unpacking Information: The computer in the service of physics 136 17 Bioinformatics: Biology meets information technology 145 18 Information is Physical: The cost of forgetting 153 Quantum Information 19 The Quantum Gadget: Quantum weirdness brought to light 163 20 A Game of Beads: The wonder of superposition 175 21 The Qubit: Information in the quantum age 183 22 Quantum Computing: Putting qubits to work 193 23 Black Holes: Where information goes to hide 204 Work in Progress 24 Bits, Bucks, Hits and Nuts: Information theory beyond Shannon 215 25 Zeilinger's Principle: Information at the root of reality 222 Notes 235 Index 248

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