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Information and the Internal Structure of the Universe: An Exploration into Information Physics [Paperback]

Tom Stonier

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4 Oct 2013 3540198784 978-3540198789 Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1990
Not so if the book has been translated into Arabic. Now the reader can discern no meaning in the letters. The text conveys almost no information to the reader, yet the linguistic informa­ tion contained by the book is virtually the same as in the English original. The reader, familiar with books will still recognise two things, however: First, that the book is a book. Second, that the squiggles on the page represent a pattern of abstractions which probably makes sense to someone who understands the mean­ ing of those squiggles. Therefore, the book as such, will still have some meaning for the English reader, even if the content of the text has none. Let us go to a more extreme case. Not a book, but a stone, or a rock with engravings in an ancient language no longer under­ stood by anyone alive. Does such a stone not contain human information even if it is not decipherable? Suppose at some point in the future, basic knowledge about linguistics and clever computer aids allow us to decipher it? Or suppose someone discovers the equivalent of a Rosetta stone which allows us to translate it into a known language, and then into English? Can one really say that the stone contained no information prior to translation? It is possible to argue that the stone, prior to deciphering contained only latent information.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Misguided 29 Oct 2008
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Entropy is not disorder; this has been demonstrated many times for those interested. It cannot be negative, it can only decrease, it is a state function difference. It is not the negative of information, which is not a new force but requires an interpreter/recognizer. The comment that Shannon confused the situation by attributing randomness with maximum information has some truth but belies the fact Shannon was able to equate the rate of information transmission with a reduction of uncertainty to the receiver, a subtle but critical fact explained elswhere as I have referenced many times. The book is wildly overpriced which is the real clue.
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