9780198570219

From Strange Simplicity to Complex Familiarity A Treatise on Matter, Information, Life and Thought

  • ISBN 13:

    9780198570219

  • ISBN 10:

    019857021X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 07/18/2013
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

This book presents a vivid argument for the almost lost idea of a unity of all natural sciences. It starts with the "strange" physics of matter, including particle physics, atomic and quantum mechanics, cosmology, relativity and their consequences (Chapter I), and it continues by describing the properties of material systems that are best understood by statistical and phase-space concepts (Chapter II). These lead to entropy and to the classical picture ofquantitative information, initially devoid of value and meaning (Chapter III). Finally, "information space" and dynamics within it are introduced as a basis for semantics (Chapter IV), leading to an exploration of life and thought as new problems in physics (Chapter V). Dynamic equations - again of a strange (but very general) nature - bring about the complex familiarity of the world we live in.

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