Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byVLATKO VEDRAL

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For a physicist, all the world's information. The Universe and its workings are the ebb and flow of information. We are all transient patterns of information, passing on the recipe for our basic forms to future generations using a four-letter digital code called DNA. 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 inthermodynamics. 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 theweirdness of the quantum world, once thought limited to the tiniest scales, may reach into the macro world. Vedral finishes by considering the answer to the ultimate question: where did all of the information in the Universe come from? The answers he considers are exhilarating, drawing upon the work of distinguished physicist John Wheeler. The ideas challenge our concept of the nature of particles, oftime, of determinism, and of reality itself.

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For a physicist, all the world's information. The Universe and its workings are the ebb and flow of information. We are all transient patterns of information, passing on the recipe for our basic forms to future generations using a four-letter digital code called DNA. In this engaging and mind-stretching account, Vlatko Vedral considers...

Vlatko Vedral studied undergraduate theoretical physics at Imperial College London, where he also received a PhD for his work on 'Quantum Information Theory of Entanglement'. Since June 2009, Vedral has moved to Oxford as Professor of Quantum Information Science. Throughout his career he has held a number of visiting professorships at...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.07 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Prologue1. Creation Ex Nihilo: something from nothing2. Information for all seasonsPart I3. Back to basics: bits and pieces4. Digital romance: life is a four-letter word5. Murphy's Law: I knew this would happen to me6. Place your bets: in it to win it7. Social informatics: get connected or die tryin'Part II8. Quantum schmuntum: lights, camera, action!9. Surfing the waves: hyper-fast computers10. Children of the aimless chance: randomness versus determinismPart III11. Sand reckoning: whose information is it, anyway?12. Destruction ab toto: the darkness of realityEpilogueBibliography

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"Let Vedral guide you skilfully through the wonderland of modern physics - where nothing is as it seems. This is the finest treatment I have read of the weird interplay of quantum reality, information and probability." --Paul Davies, author of "The Eerie Silence" and "The Goldilocks Enigma"