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

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

by Tom Siegfried, Siegfried
     
 

"An eager, ambitious book. A stimulating, accessible introduction to scientific theory."--Dallas Morning News "An enjoyably quick-paced interdisciplinary survey of the outer limits of scientific thought."--Kirkus Reviews

"Siegfried weaves a provocative and convincing argument. . . . Recommended for an informed audience."--Library Journal "An excellent introduction

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"An eager, ambitious book. A stimulating, accessible introduction to scientific theory."--Dallas Morning News "An enjoyably quick-paced interdisciplinary survey of the outer limits of scientific thought."--Kirkus Reviews

"Siegfried weaves a provocative and convincing argument. . . . Recommended for an informed audience."--Library Journal "An excellent introduction to the myriad small worlds that can be teased out of our big one."--Publishers Weekly

"A volume of remarkable sweep."--Booklist

Now in paperback, The Bit and the Pendulum explores the radical idea at the center of the new physics of information: everything in the universe, from the molecules in our bodies to the heart of a black hole, is made up of bits of information.Award-winning author Tom Siegfried interviews top scientists-all using "bits" to solve the seemingly unsolvable-and provides a highly accessible introduction to a fundamentally new way of seeing the world. Lively, engaging, and topical, The Bit and the Pendulum shows how the computer and the "bit" are revealing secrets of the brain, the nature of matter, and the workings of the universe.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471399742
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
12/05/2000
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
922,402
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.59(h) x 0.79(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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