The Bit and the Pendulum by Tom Siegfried
How the New Physics of Information is Revolutionizing Science

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"Funny, clear, deep, and right on target. [Siegfried] lets us get a handle on ideas that are essential for understanding the evolving world."
-K. C. Cole, author of The Universe and the Teacup
"An eager, ambitious book. A stimulating, accessible introduction to scientific theory."
-Dallas Morning News
An award-winning journalist surveys the horizon of a new revolution in science
Everything in the universe, from the molecules in our bodies to the heart of a black hole, is made up of bits of information. This is the radical idea at the center of the new physics of information, and it is leading to exciting breakthroughs in a vast range of science, including the invention of a new kind of quantum computer, millions of times faster than any computer today. Acclaimed science writer Tom Siegfried offers a lively introduction to the leading scientists and ideas responsible for this exciting new scientific paradigm.
 

About Tom Siegfried

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TOM SIEGFRIED is the science editor of the Dallas Morning News. He is the recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science?s Westinghouse Award for science journalism.
 
Published February 1, 2000 by Wiley. 288 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Indeed, he contends, the computer has become such a powerful symbol for the universe that scientists are in danger of mistaking the metaphor for nature itself: Like the condemned man in the Poe story evoked by the title, scientists are in the dark, constantly groping for models with which to unde...

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