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

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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 scien...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by John Wiley & Sons (first published 2000)
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This book was incredibly informative. The basic premise is that everything in the universe is made up of information. "It from Bit" is the phrase which comes up frequently. In describing the universe in terms on informational building blocks, the author touches on such subjects as quantum computing, quantum cryptography, quantum teleportation, black holes, DNA, plancks, general relativity, thermodynamics, hawking radiation and much much more.

Some of the chapters can be pretty tough to get throug...more
Interested in all the new theories of physics but have no head for the math? Neither does Tom Siegfried.

The book opens with a concession: Siegfried (a writer by trade, not a physicist) says, "OK, let's just assume that these very, very smart men have lots of math to support their theories. This book will be about their ideas, not their justifications for those ideas", and the book is better for it.

Siegfried writes with an engaging, informal style, and explains some of the newest, most interestin...more
John Orman
For a book that is about 13 years old now, it covers a lot of scientific ground that is still fertile with research and promise.

Brain/computer interface research continues to expand. Quantum computers still prove elusive, though many breakthroughs have been made. M-theory, the second superstring theory of the universe's structure, is still being studied and questioned.
Jim Gero
Pretty good introduction to the "it from bit" idea, the idea of information as a fundamental layer of reality, and how modern science is starting to make use of that notion.
Computers are the metaphor for the new paradigm of scientific thought. It from Bit!
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