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Information and the Nature of Reality: From Physics to Metaphysics

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 1st edition, 398 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by Cambridge University Press (first published September 2010)
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Harrison
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a collection of essays edited by physicist Paul Davies and theologian Niels Henrik Gregersen on recent developments on the concept of information in physics, biology, and philosophy, which make up three sections of the book (the first section is on history). On the negative side, as with any such anthology, I think the quality varies from author to author, and even section to section. The first two parts on history and physics are the strongest, those that trace the development of the ma ...more
Kelly Head
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This collection of essays grew out of a symposium held in Copenhagen in 2006 organized by the Templeton Foundation, a longtime contributor to the dialogue between science and religion. Some heavy-hitting physicists, philosophers, and theologians contribute to this volume, including Paul Davies, Seth Lloyd, John Haught, Keith Ward, and Arthur Peacocke, to name a few. I first became interested in this book after discovering it while trying to learn more about the concept of information as a physic ...more
Kevin
Feb 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
An overly-lengthy mixture of science, philosophy and hand-waving "god of the gaps" argument, heavy on the latter and light on the first. If you are looking for a book integrating information theory and cutting-edge physics, look elsewhere.
Rama
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Is our universe pre-ordained with information?

In terms of classical physics, the physical reality may be defined as matter and energy behaving according to the laws of physics in classical spacetime, and the human being is a passive observer of this reality. Consciousness (and the freewill), which operates independently in classical world, determines the ultimate fate. According to quantum physics, matter and energy behave according to the laws of quantum physics in quantized spacetime, and the
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Kenneth Bachmann
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
The first three parts of the book consisted of essays by information theorists, biologists and physicists. This was quite informative. There were even useful framings by the first two essayists of part four, Peacock and Ward. The last three essays were extremely disappointing even recognizing that they were contributed by theologists with almost evangelical missions. For anyone truly interested in trying to understand reality as it relates to information and information theory, I think the first ...more
Eman
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I've been looking for an easy to read introduction to information science in relation to philosophy and origins of the universe and of life. In this book, I found some of the articles illuminating and relevant while others were hard to grasp and hard to relate to the title of the book.However, the diversity of views presented by the different authors helped me see the topic from more than one angle.
Hugo Villalobos Canto
Un libro muy interesante en el que cada capítulo es un ensayo, cada uno de un autor diferente pero todos con el mismo objetivo de establecer un planteamiento teológico a la luz de los avances en los campos teóricos de sistemas complejos, teoría de la información y comportamiento emergente. Algunos capítulos son hermosos y otros intelectualmente motivantes. Un par de ellos, la verdad, no es ni lo uno ni lo otro.
Sam Bruskin
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
note the upgrade. the writing a 3 at best, but th eideas are 4.
Andrej Drapal
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Majority of articles extremely provokative!
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