Information and the Nature of Reality: From Physics to Metaphysics

Information and the Nature of Reality: From Physics to Metaphysics

by Paul Davies
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521762251

ISBN-13: 9780521762250

Pub. Date: 11/15/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Many scientists regard mass and energy as the primary currency of nature. In recent years, however, the concept of information has gained importance. Why? In this book, eminent scientists, philosophers and theologians chart various aspects of information, from quantum information to biological and digital information, in order to understand how nature works.

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Many scientists regard mass and energy as the primary currency of nature. In recent years, however, the concept of information has gained importance. Why? In this book, eminent scientists, philosophers and theologians chart various aspects of information, from quantum information to biological and digital information, in order to understand how nature works. Beginning with a historical treatment of the topic, the book also examines physical and biological approaches to information, and its philosophical, theological and ethical implications.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521762250
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2010
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: does information matter?; Paul Davies and Niels Henrik Gregersen;
Part I. History:
2. From matter to materialism ... and (almost) back Ernan McMullin;
3. Unsolved dilemmas: the concept of matter in the history of philosophy and in contemporary physics Philip Clayton;
Part II. Physics:
4. Universe from bit Paul Davies;
5. The computational universe Seth Lloyd;
6. Minds and values in the quantum universe Henry Pierce Stapp;
Part III. Biology:
7. The concept of information in biology John Maynard Smith;
8. Levels of information: Shannon-Bolzmann-Darwin Terrence W. Deacon;
9. Information and communication in living matter Bernd-Olaf Küppers;
10. Semiotic freedom: an emerging force Jesper Hoffmeyer;
11. Care on earth: generating informed concern Holmes Rolston;
Part IV. Philosophy and Theology:
12. The sciences of complexity - a new theological resource? Arthur Peacocke;
13. God as the ultimate informational principle Keith Ward;
14. Information, theology and the universe John F. Haught;
15. God, matter, and information: towards a Stoicizing Logos christology Niels Henrik Gregersen;
16. What is the 'spiritual body'? Michael Welker; Index.

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