Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos, from Our Brains to Black Holes

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Viking, 2006 - Science - 296 pages
"Charles Seife explains how information theory, once the province of codebreakers and telephone companies, became the crucial science of our time. Starting with the breaking of the Enigma code during World War II and building momentum during the computer revolution, information theory is now at the forefront of theoretical physics. Seife highlights the surprises revealed when we start decoding information: that the universe is half spent; that the entire human race has less genetic diversity than the average group of two dozen chimpanzees; that the act of living itself can be seen as the act of replicating and preserving information despite nature's attempt to destroy it. We meet up with some of the towering figures of modern science, as well as a few strange beasts - Schrodinger's cat and Maxwell's demon."--BOOK JACKET.

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User Review  - tgraettinger - LibraryThing

Delivers a good cross section of entropy and information across engineering, biology, and physics. Liked it more than, "The Bit and the Pendulum". This book had better explanations, for my taste. Read full review

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This book changed how I think about evolution. When you think about information, rather than species, attempting to survive, things like viruses and jumping genes make perfect sense. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
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A PPE N D IX A THE LOGARITHM
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SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
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Charles Seife is the author of five previous books, including Proofiness and Zero, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction and was a New York Times notable book. He has written for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Wired, New Scientist, Science, Scientific American, and The Economist. He is a professor of journalism at New York University and lives in New York City.

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