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The recursive universe : cosmic complexity and the limits of scientific knowledge

Author: William Poundstone
Publisher: Mineola, New York : Dover Publications, Inc., 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Dover EditionView all editions and formats
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Poundstone
ISBN: 9780486490984 048649098X
OCLC Number: 809411873
Notes: Originally published: Chicago : Contemporary Books, 1985. With a new afterword and omission of the section Life for home computers.
Description: 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Complexity and simplicity --
The life universe --
Maxwell's demon --
Gliders and spaceships --
Information and structure --
Unlimited growth --
Physics as recursion --
Recursive games --
Big bang and heat death --
Random fields --
Von Neumann and self-reproducing machines --
Self-reproducing life patterns --
The recursive universe.
Responsibility: William Poundstone.
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