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

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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 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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Information theory, explains Seife (journalism, New York U.), is about far more than how computers work; it concerns "how atoms interact with each other and how black holes swallow stars." Following up on his popular explication of the mathematical and scientific history of Zero, he here offers the general reader a tour of the boundaries of contemporary information theory. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Lucid and exhilarating, this volume probes the mind-boggling advances in science that are bringing mankind to the brink of a new understanding of the universe, the mysteries of physics, and the nature of space and time.

Synopsis:

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 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.

About the Author

Charles Seife is the author of five previous books, including Proofiness and Zero, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction and was a New York Times notable book. He has written for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Wired, New Scientist, Science, Scientific American, and The Economist. He is a professor of journalism at New York University and lives in New York City.

 

 

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ISBN:
9780143038399
Author:
Seife, Charles
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Computer Science
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
Research -- Methodology.
Subject:
Methodology
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
February 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.74x5.28x.59 in. .45 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Lucid and exhilarating, this volume probes the mind-boggling advances in science that are bringing mankind to the brink of a new understanding of the universe, the mysteries of physics, and the nature of space and time.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 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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