The Bit and the Pendulum: From Quantum Computing to M Theory -- The New Physics of Information / Edition 1

The Bit and the Pendulum: From Quantum Computing to M Theory -- The New Physics of Information / Edition 1

by Tom Siegfried
     
 

"Funny, clear, deep, and right on target. [Siegfried] lets us get a handle on ideas that are essential for understanding the evolving world."
-K. C. Cole, author of The Universe and the Teacup
"An eager, ambitious book. A stimulating, accessible introduction to scientific theory."
-Dallas Morning News An award-winning journalist surveys the horizon of a new… See more details below

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"Funny, clear, deep, and right on target. [Siegfried] lets us get a handle on ideas that are essential for understanding the evolving world."
-K. C. Cole, author of The Universe and the Teacup
"An eager, ambitious book. A stimulating, accessible introduction to scientific theory."
-Dallas Morning News An award-winning journalist surveys the horizon of a new revolution in science Everything in the universe, from the molecules in our bodies to the heart of a black hole, is made up of bits of information. This is the radical idea at the center of the new physics of information, and it is leading to exciting breakthroughs in a vast range of science, including the invention of a new kind of quantum computer, millions of times faster than any computer today. Acclaimed science writer Tom Siegfried offers a lively introduction to the leading scientists and ideas responsible for this exciting new scientific paradigm.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471321743
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Beam Up the Goulash13
2Machines and Metaphors37
3Information Is Physical57
4The Quantum and the Computer77
5The Computational Cell95
6The Computational Brain115
7Consciousness and Complexity133
8IGUSes155
9Quantum Reality177
10From Black Holes to Supermatter195
11The Magical Mystery Theory213
12The Bit and the Pendulum235
Notes249
Glossary264
Further Reading268
Index275

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