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on 17 March 2014
There are some wonderful concepts explored in this book, but unfortunately Vedral is a really bad writer.

On the plus side he conveys Von Neumann's ideas about self replicating machines well, and the idea that the information content of something is proportional to its surface area rather than its volume was well put.

But he glosses over too many details, starts on a topic then abandons it, states a conclusion with no reasoning, then several pages later gives the justification, but often in a hand waving way. The reader feels treated like Dr Who's assistant, we have to take his word for things because he can't explain them clearly and precisely.

He also seems to have completely missed the point with global warming, it isn't the waste heat of living that will kill us, it's the greenhouse effect.

However his reading list at the end is wonderful - though I would have included "The non-local universe" by Nadeau and Kafatos.
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on 18 November 2017
Unquestionably the finest book on quantum physics I have read this year.
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on 28 March 2015
A new way to look at our Universe, and maybe to understand it a little bit better.
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on 12 March 2014
Deserves to be taken very seriously indeed as a first class examination of our understanding of the universe.I've met Vlatko and he is remarkable.
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on 19 September 2012
Definitely a very interesting book. What is missing is the original source of the idea of Quantum Information which is not referenced: Quantum Information = first was C.F. von Weizsäcker in the fifties, Vlatko Vedral never refers to C.F. v. Weizsäcker, perhaps Weizsäcker's well known publication and discussion with Erwin Schrödinger was published in German, but this would actually not be a reason; e.g. [...]
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on 3 January 2013
Very good book.
I've read it twice & after a couple more reads, I think I'll be getting there!

Certainly recommended for those with an interest in the current direction of deep scientific research.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 October 2015
Quantum physics is on the cusp of something really big. There is evidence emerging that the world we inhabit, the universe, our reality may be a computer simulation. Computer code has been discovered in the universe. It is suggested that maybe 50 years, for certain in 200 years we will be able to simulate a 3D, biological universe the same as the one we are in, which will be as real to the players in it, like us, as ours is to us and we are to it.

This fascinating subject has led me to several books that are emerging and this is one of them. It is up there with the best available at the time of writing. An exciting book that considers the deepest questions like what is the nature of reality, Is life as we know it an information field and it explores what might be and dares to question that all we have believed to be the truth about who and what we are might be wrong. It dares to go where several have wanted to go but held back for fear of ridicule. It pushes the boundaries, stretches the imagination and is a groundbreaking work in this field.

Soon we will know the truth, but for now we need to ask questions and consider options. Decoding reality is published by Oxford University Press.
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on 25 March 2011
Some familiarity with quantum physics might help in reading this book if you are a first timer, but it does explain things cogently and in a progressive manner if you are a beginner (there are no daunting formula or diagrams) and it is perfect for the lay reader. The first two thirds of the book are interesting but nothing astonishing if you have some familiarity with the subject matter, however the book really comes into it's own in the last three chapters, where the author explains the fabric of reality and links it in with some oriental concepts used in Hinduism and Taoism, what you get from this is a sudden realisation that we actually understand very little about the true nature of reality and it makes a fascinating finale to the book.

This is a book which delivers, it explains the physics of information very clearly and also offered some completely novel insights that many books on cutting edge physics/popular science often fail to deliver. One of the best books I have read in recent years, I am mystified as to why it is not more popular.
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on 8 September 2014
It all depends in which reality you believe in.
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