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BOOK OF THE MONTH
FEAR OF LIONS
Amita Kanekar
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Information
Hans Christian Von Baeyer

Classification : Sciences
Pub Date : Jan 01, 2007
Imprint : Phoenix
Page Extent : 272
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780753817827
Price : 599

About the book
Today we live in the information age. Wherever we look it surrounds us, and with the help of ever more efficient devices, from the internet through to mobile phones, we are producing, exchanging and harnessing more than ever before. But information does far more than define our modern age - at a fundamental level it defines the material world itself, for it is through its mediating role that we gain all our knowledge, and everything derives its function, existence and meaning from it.In twenty-five short chapters, von Baeyer takes us from the birth of the concept of information and its basic language, the bit, through to the coal-face of contemporary physics and beyond relativity; black holes; randomness; abstraction - explaining why it has the power to become the most fundamental concept in physics - as fundamental as mass and energy.

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Hans Christian Von Baeyer
Hans Christian von Baeyer is Chancellor Professor of Physics at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. His essays in DISCOVER, THE SCIENCES, READER'S DIGEST and THE GETTYSBURG REVIEW...(+)