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Information: The New Language of Science

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Confronting us at every turn, flowing from every imaginable source, information defines our era--and yet what we don't know about it could--and does--fill a book. In this indispensable volume, a primer for the information age, Hans Christian von Baeyer presents a clear description of what information is, how concepts of its measurement, meaning, and transmission evolved,

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Published April 30th 2004 by Harvard University Press (first published October 9th 2003)
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Strangerover
Jul 29, 2007 Strangerover rated it really liked it
an interesting and well written book, it takes the reader chronologically through the history of the concept of information.[return]the pace is quite quick and hans christian von baeyer skillfully puts the necessary scientific insights and backgrounds into theories without making it a heavy tome. for each classical figure in scientific history who has given us a step change, we also get a brief overview of their character and how their efforts have formalised 'information' as we see it today. [r ...more
Josh Stewart
Apr 09, 2015 Josh Stewart rated it really liked it
Overall it was a good book but it waned near the end as it became more technical and focused on technology and the advancements that are yet to be had. The first few chapters were of most value to me as I selected the book with the aim of better understanding what information is, how to interpret it, and how to effectively process it.
Bobby Lin
Aug 04, 2014 Bobby Lin rated it really liked it
A starting place to get an overview of Information theory and its implications to Sciences. The book introduced some topics such as Bayesian Probability. Useful as a stepping stone to a specific area of Information Theory.
Eva
Aug 14, 2012 Eva added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
You know how SAT reading passages are really hard to concentrate on? It was like that, but for an entire book. Ack. I lasted about 10 pages, some of which I read to Taylor for comedic effect.
Spencer
Mar 23, 2012 Spencer rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book more than I did. It was certainly interesting enough, in spots, but overall it seemed to have trouble maintaining cohesiveness and holding its shape.
Touko Tahkokallio
Sep 01, 2013 Touko Tahkokallio rated it really liked it
Book about the concept of information - how we should think about it, why it is important and what are the problems in defining it. Good stuff.
BakuDreamer
Nov 10, 2011 BakuDreamer rated it it was ok
Interesting , but sort of all over the road. ( you could just skip to Ch 15 if you're already familiar with any of this )
Jack Gidding
Apr 14, 2013 Jack Gidding rated it really liked it
A cross of information theory, bioinformatics, quantum physics, and mathematics. Quite interesting
Piya
Apr 18, 2012 Piya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Well, 3.5 stars. Charles Seife's book is better.
Jukka
Apr 20, 2008 Jukka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally they are admitting it...
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