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Information: The New Language of Science Hardcover – 9 Oct 2003

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (9 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297607251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297607250
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.8 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,455,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In INFORMATION, physicist Hans Christian von Baeyer sets out to explain why this is regarded as one of the most fundamental and philosophical questions in science: information is the irreducible seed from which every particle, every force and even the fabric of space-time grows. This is deep stuff, but von Baeyer romps through a huge range of will never think of information the same way again. (NEW SCIENTIST (November issue))

I was fascinated to learn how topics such as randomness, entropy and logarithms were interwoven. By the end I had a hugely explaned idea of information, the strange compressible stuff that comes out of tangible objects - a DNA molecule, a piano - and then ultimately lodges itself in the brain and into consciousness. (Jerome Burne FINANCIAL TIMES (8.11.03))

...fascinating...Von Baeyer is incapable of penning an ugly sentence. (Graham Farmelo GUARDIAN (15.11.03))

If you're looking for a simplified introduction to some of the most unusual ideas in physics at the moment, this...[is] a good place to start. (Richard Wentik FOCUS (January '04))

The book's most appealing feature is its focus on big questions...There is a nice balance between accepted science and speculative ideas...von Baeyer has provided an accessible and engaging overview of the emerging role of information as a fundamental building block in science. (Michael A. Nielson NATURE (January 2004))

Each chapter is a well-structured and elegantly written essay that circumnavigates its topic with poetic quotation, literary allusion, biographuical anecdote, personal reminiscence, mathematical paradox and metaphysical musing, all expressed in a clear and vivid prose style. (Tony Hoare TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT (2.1.04))

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The gripping primer to the emerging field of information theory.

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