Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information Is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos, from Our Brains to Black Holes

Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information Is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos, from Our Brains to Black Holes

Charles Seife / Nov 21, 2019

Decoding the Universe How the New Science of Information Is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos from Our Brains to Black Holes The author of Zero explains the scientific revolution that is transforming the way we understand our world Previously the domain of philosophers and linguists information theory has now moved beyond

  • Title: Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information Is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos, from Our Brains to Black Holes
  • Author: Charles Seife
  • ISBN: 9780143038399
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • The author of Zero explains the scientific revolution that is transforming the way we understand our world Previously the domain of philosophers and linguists, information theory has now moved beyond the province of code breakers to become the crucial science of our time In Decoding the Universe, Charles Seife draws on his gift for making cutting edge science accessible tThe author of Zero explains the scientific revolution that is transforming the way we understand our world Previously the domain of philosophers and linguists, information theory has now moved beyond the province of code breakers to become the crucial science of our time In Decoding the Universe, Charles Seife draws on his gift for making cutting edge science accessible to explain how this new tool is deciphering everything from the purpose of our DNA to the parallel universes of our Byzantine cosmos The result is an exhilarating adventure that deftly combines cryptology, physics, biology, and mathematics to cast light on the new understanding of the laws that govern life and the universe.

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      • Charles Seife

        CHARLES SEIFE is a Professor of Journalism at New York University Formerly a journalist with Science magazine, has also written for New Scientist, Scientific American, The Economist, Science, Wired UK, The Sciences, and numerous other publications He is the author of Zero The Biography Of A Dangerous Idea, which won the PEN Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction He holds an M.S in mathematics from Yale University and his areas of research include probability theory and artificial intelligence He lives in Washington D.C.


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    1. الكتاب للأمانة دون مستوى الطموح بشكل عام. فمعظم مواضيعه تم التطرق لها في الأدبيات العلمية بطريقة أفضل. أما فيما يتعلق علاقة العلوم بعلم أو نظرية المعلوماتinformation theoryفلم يوفق الكاتب في العديد من الفصول في تفسير النظريات العلمية عن طريق نظرية المعلومات، على الرغم من وجود ترابط [...]


    2. I spotted this book in Readings, on the famous bargains table, and since I’d been trying to explain to a friend of mine the importance of information theory (and had made a complete dog’s breakfast of it) it became urgent that I read a book on this subject again to refresh my memory. My first taste of information theory was Grammatical Man by Jeremy Campbell – and what a joy that book was, pure magic. The only problem was that I read it probably 20 years ago and so my memory was hazy at be [...]


    3. If you're less than a physicist but have the desire to expand your knowledge of science and universal information, this book for you. Charles Seife does an excellent job of blending (many) scientists past and present works smoothly into only 9 chapters, while preparing the reader for the future of transitioning the world into the realities of modern day science.Chapter 4 & 5 were the hardest to get through personally. At times it was written in a textbook fashion, yet every time I was ready [...]


    4. Information Theory for the average person at its best. Charles Seife clearly and concisely explains to readers how the universe is made up of pure information. In the process, he helps us to see where theoretical physics, biology and chemistry are pointing. Seife makes intricate scientific concepts understandable and interesting at the same time.Chapter titles such as “Demons”, “Faster Than Light”, and “Quantum Information” ease readers into this fascinating world and occasional grap [...]


    5. Narrowly conceived and poorly argued. Seife, a mathematician, writes in the style of a born-again Christian, combining reductive thinking with wide-eyed zeal. The Good News that has him fired up this time is the "discovery" that we can use similar mathematical formulas to describe events in a variety of different fields, ranging from genetics to computer programming to neurochemistry to astrophysics. This (supposedly) revolutionary approach is called information theory, and, quite frankly, it's [...]


    6. Seife gives the reader a sense of how looking through the lens of information theory can help in understanding some of the questions of current science, particularly modern physics and cosmology. In the early part of the book he relates it to entropy, and not just the common way we think of entropy, that is, things going toward chaos, but to the another more specific underlying principle of entropy dealing with thermodynamics. You don't have to be a science type to read this book, but on the oth [...]


    7. If information theory is the new physics, then this book makes a good introduction for normal people into the ins and outs of number crunching, quantum theory, and the quest to use information to arrive at the long sought "theory of everything." Looking at paradoxes like Schrodinger's Cat and quantum entanglement can be daunting tasks, but Seife makes them pretty manageable without a lot of intimidating equations to get in the way.


    8. لم اتخيل يوما انني قد اقرا "كتاب" علميا عن النظريات والقوانين التي يُعتقد انها تسير هذا الكون وافهم هذه الامور بسهولة، لكن هذا المؤلف البارع والمبهر اثبت خطأ اعتقادي، فقد شرح كل شيء ببساطة ولكنه استوفى كل شي عن كل شيء تقريبا،، النظرية النسبية، النظرية الكمية، مبدا عدم اليقين [...]



    9. From a non-specialist perspective, I found Seife’s presentation remarkably engaging. Admittedly, when I purchased the book a few years back, I was unable to grasp enough to keep me going. Since then I’ve read other books that delved into Quantum Mechanics, Relativity, Information Theory, wave-particle duality, entanglement, “spooky action at a distance,” among other abstract ideas in Physics. The authors’ presentations in those books were down-to-earth enough to keep be engaged from co [...]


    10. This is the fourth or fifth book that I have read by Charles Seife. I liked the others so much that I have deliberately spaced out reading more of his work to "savor" the experience when I do pick another up.First off, this book is very well written, researched and organized. It presents a tricky and important topic with clear exposition, excellent examples and morsels of humor, much like his other works (although perhaps with a greater dollop of wit). If you simply like a great book on any topi [...]


    11. I have bought this book 3 times. Each time I loaned it out to someone and needed another copy. I found it one of the most influential book I have read in a long time. Maybe a little has to do with the fact that the discovery or invention of information theory was by Claude Shannon who worked at Bell Labs and I also work at AT&T. It paints a view of the universe as being the exchange of information. The author gets into the idea that the laws of thermodynamics are the same as the laws of info [...]



    12. Since Chapter 7 Description there are many things of undeterminedIt is discussed in only the subjectivity of the authorThere is no credibility


    13. Exactly the book I was looking for. Needs a glossary. Someone needs to write a book specifically about the new ' holographic principle '.


    14. The book is a very technical list of issues, it begins with information, showing that it’s a concept based in physical properties, information it’s not something ethereal. It relates information with thermodynamics, and wastes a bid deal of energy trying to demonstrate that information is even more fundamental, more real than concepts like temperature, space or time.It explains briefly relativity and quantum theory with the purpose of once again showing that information science fits perfectl [...]


    15. Si como yo no eres físico ni matemático pero tienes curiosidad por cosas como la mecánica cuántica o la teoría de la relatividad, vas a disfrutar enormemente este libro. En cosasiones desasosegante, pero también liberador, para mí tiene la respuesta del sentido de la vida y del por qué de la muerte


    16. It helps understanding some key concepts of information theory and its relation to modern physics. But too great a portion of the book is rehash of information repeated in too many books already.



    17. Information Theory is hard to wrap your head around. There are many ways to communicate: you can say your message in your language, you can draw a picture, perform a dance, sing a song, but what happens if your intended audience isn't next to you? Well, you can send an e-mail, or send smoke signals, break out your telegraph machine, or dare I say it? Write a letter! All of these modes of communication send the same message, and yet they do it in very different ways. Speaking in your language inv [...]


    18. Pretty interesting how the author related the field of computer science to all fields of science. Got a bit repetitive though and I'm not sure how to feel about the whole information and thermodynamic theories being interlinked. It was a new concept that was interesting to see but I'm a bit iffy about since I haven't heard any professor talk about the 2 being interlinked.


    19. The crux of this book is the link between the traditional domains of information theory and more unlikely fields, such as thermodynamics and quantum mechanics. This gives the book immense scope as it strides from computer science and linguistics to relativity and black holes. In some places this works well. For me at least, the inclusion of information theory was very useful in understanding some of the stranger points of quantum mechanics. In other sections, however, it definitely seemed like a [...]



    20. Really interesting book approaching various aspects of science from the perspective of "information theory". Seife explains information theory as a possible truth underlying both quantum and classical physics in which "information" is not just an intangible concept but as an actualy physical presence. Seife is writing a science book for the non-scientist, which, like legal writing for a non legal audience, is not so easy to do well. He succeeds - for the most part. He does take care to try to pr [...]


    21. Information theory is a big deal these days but Seife may overstate his argument about the significance of what he calls the law of information, which he puts up there with relativity and quantum theory as the third great revolution in physics in the 20th century. Seife even states that "when the theory of relativity faces off against the law of information, the law of information seems to win." Seife argues that all matter and energy give off messages that are received and interacted with by ot [...]


    22. An interesting update on the tie between quantum physics and astrophysics. It gives a reader a good idea of what current science has discovered and highlights the differences between classical Newtonian physics and quantum physics, where things like superposition and particle entanglement give physics an Alice-in-Wonderland appearance.But the sub-title, promising an explanation on how everything from "our brains to black holes" work is overdrawn. Indeed, late in the book Seife writes, "This idea [...]


    23. This is one of those books where there is nothing wrong with them. Interesting topic, convincing author's bio, well structured and promising issues. However, no matter how often I have started to read it I need to stop after a while, completely bored gaining no new insight in highly complex matter whatsoever. Then I tried to read randomly through the chapters. Same thing. Reading a couple of sentences and starting to thinking of something completely different during the reading. To illustrate th [...]


    24. An interesting book. The first couple chapters on thermodynamics and information were a good overview. I would have preferred some of the technical details, but I understand the desire to leave them out.The chapter on "life" was week and disappointing for this reader. The author talked about DNA and how it carries information. This should be a review for anyone who has had high school biology. However, he did not connect it to the information theory he discussed at the beginning of the book.I ap [...]


    25. This book was very interesting and gave a new perspective to things. Granted I am only in eighth grade and we don't study a lot of things in this book, but it was still a super great read. I learned so much from it and it was nice how he related the chapters back to one another so you could have something you already understand and apply it somewhere else. Learning about how something that seems so simple to understand and seeing that it is so much more than that, is a super cool feeling. I woul [...]


    26. The book wasn't too bad, but it has two major flaws:1) Seife makes the large mistake of stating that information theory supersedes physics, i.e. that information theory explains all of physics. It's the other way around: information theory is a subset of physics (duh). He does nothing to convince us why either way.2) Towards the end, Seife stops properly sourcing his statements. The reader is left wondering how much of the last third of the book actually corresponds to what we currently know of [...]


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