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Decoding reality : the universe as quantum information

Author: Vlatko Vedral
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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"In this engaging and mind-stretching account, Vlatko Vedral considers some of the deepest questions about the universe and considers the implications of interpreting it in terms of information. He explains the nature of information, the idea of entropy, and the roots of this thinking in thermodynamics. He describes the bizarre effects of quantum behaviour--effects such as 'entanglement', which Einstein called  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vlatko Vedral
ISBN: 9780199237692 0199237697
OCLC Number: 441191510
Performer(s): In this engaging and mind-stretching account, Vlatko Vedral considers some of the deepest questions about the universe and considers the implications of interpreting it in terms of information. He explains the nature of information, the idea of entropy, and the roots of this thinking in thermodynamics. He describes the bizarre effects of quantum behaviour--effects such as 'entanglement', which Einstein called 'spooky action at a distance' and explores cutting-edge work on the harnessing quantum effects in hyperfast quantum computers, and how recent evidence suggests that the weirdness of the quantum world, once thought limited to the tiniest scales, may reach into the macro world.
Description: x, 229 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Creation ex nihilo : something from nothing --
Information for all seasons --
Back to basics : bits and pieces --
Digital romance : life is a four-letter word --
Murphy's Law : I knew this would happen to me --
Place your bets in it to win it --
Social informatics : get connected or die tryin' --
Quantum schmuntum : lights, camera, action! --
Surfing the waves : hyper-fast computers --
Children of the aimless chance : randomness versus determinism --
Sand reckoning : whose information is it, anyway? --
Destruction ab toto : nothing from something.
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Vlatko Vedral takes us on a voyage of discovery. In this engaging and mind-stretching book, he explores the nature of information and looks at quantum computing, discussing the bizarre effects that  Read more...

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