The Frontiers Collection

It From Bit or Bit From It?

On Physics and Information

Editors: Aguirre, Anthony, Foster, Brendan, Merali, Zeeya (Eds.)

  • Published in cooperation with the renowned physics "think-tank" Foundational Questions Institute, FQXi
  • Specially reworked versions of the most exciting essays of over 180 submissions
  • Provides fascinating insights into, and new ideas about the role of information in physics
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About this book

The essays in this book look at the question of whether physics can be based on information, or – as John Wheeler phrased it – whether we can get “It from Bit”. They are based on the prize-winning essays submitted to the FQXi essay competition of the same name, which drew over 180 entries.

The eighteen contributions address topics as diverse as quantum foundations, entropy conservation, nonlinear logic and countable spacetime. Together they provide stimulating reading for all physics aficionados interested in the possible role(s) of information in the laws of nature.

The Foundational Questions Institute, FQXi, catalyzes, supports, and disseminates research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology, particularly new frontiers and innovative ideas integral to a deep understanding of reality, but unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources.

About the authors

Anthony Aguirre
Brendan Foster
Zeeya Merali

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Aguirre, Anthony (et al.)

    Pages 1-3

  • “It from Bit” and the Quantum Probability Rule

    Leifer, M. S.

    Pages 5-23

  • It from Qubit

    D’Ariano, Giacomo Mauro

    Pages 25-35

  • Drawing Quantum Contextuality with ‘Dessins d’enfants’

    Planat, Michel

    Pages 37-50

  • The Tao of It and Bit

    Stoica, Ovidiu Cristinel

    Pages 51-64

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eBook $69.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-12945-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $89.99
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  • Due: November 17, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-36075-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
It From Bit or Bit From It?
Book Subtitle
On Physics and Information
Editors
  • Anthony Aguirre
  • Brendan Foster
  • Zeeya Merali
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-12946-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-12946-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-12945-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-36075-1
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 240
Number of Illustrations and Tables
50 b/w illustrations
Topics