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By: Hans Christian von Baeyer
Information has become central to many branches of science in addition to information technology and, like energy, is seen as unifying theme. Von Baeyer elegantly surveys its significance and discusses how quantum information, which supersedes the binary system with infinitely variable qubits, is poised to trigger another revolution.
'In INFORMATION, physicist Hans Christian von Baeyer sets out to explain why this is regarded as one of the most fundamental and philosophical questions in science: information is the irreducible seed from which every particle, every force and even the fabric of space-time grows. This is deep stuff, but von Baeyer romps through a huge range of subjects...you will never think of information the same way again.' NEW SCIENTIST (November issue) 'I was fascinated to learn how topics such as randomness, entropy and logarithms were interwoven. By the end I had a hugely explaned idea of information, the strange compressible stuff that comes out of tangible objects - a DNA molecule, a piano - and then ultimately lodges itself in the brain and into consciousness.' -- Jerome Burne FINANCIAL TIMES (8.11.03) '...fascinating...Von Baeyer is incapable of penning an ugly sentence.' -- Graham Farmelo GUARDIAN (15.11.03) 'If you're looking for a simplified introduction to some of the most unusual ideas in physics at the moment, this...[is] a good place to start.' -- Richard Wentik FOCUS (January '04)
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