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

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Wiley, Feb 1, 2000 - Science - 281 pages
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"Funny, clear, deep, and right on target, Tom Siegfried?s The Bit and the Pendulum is a friendly guide to a profound revolution now taking place on the forefront of science. From the horizons of black holes to the inner recesses of the human brain, bits are us and everything else too. Taking a lighthearted approach to weighty ideas, Siegfried takes us into the tangled web of quantum teleportation, curled up extra dimensions of space and time, and the wetware of computational cells. He 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

Is all life made up of yes-no, heads-tails decisions? Is the computer, with its binary 0?1 "bits" of information, our best model yet for describing the universe? Acclaimed science writer Tom Siegfried offers a fascinating introduction to the hot new physics of information. The Bit and the Pendulum takes us on a thrilling journey from quantum teleportation, to DNA computing, to the insides of black holes and other cosmological puzzles. Siegfried interviews top scientists biologists working with the mathematics of DNA, quantum physicists studying quantum cryptography, and neuroscientists mapping the mysterious workings of the brain all using the mysteries of information science to solve the seemingly unsolvable. Lively, engaging, and topical, The Bit and the Pendulum shows how the computer and the "bit" are revealing secrets of the brain, the nature of matter, and the workings of the universe.

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User Review  - tgraettinger - LibraryThing

This book was recommended reading for "The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes". It includes a pretty good description of the info theory resolution of Maxwell's Demon. It also ... Read full review

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User Review  - drardavis - LibraryThing

This is a well written survey of “modern” physics, as opposed to the “classical” physics that I learned in college years ago. It is a good place to start before trying to catch up with what has been happening in the last fifteen years. Read full review


Beam Up the Goulash
Machines and Metaphors
Information Is Physical

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TOM SIEGFRIED is the science editor of the Dallas Morning News. He is the recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science?s Westinghouse Award for science journalism.

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