The Frontiers Collection

Information and Interaction

Eddington, Wheeler, and the Limits of Knowledge

Editors: Durham, Ian T., Rickles, Dean (Eds.)

  • Stimulating contributions to the foundations of information in the physical world
  • A substantial introduction by the editors guides the reader into the topic and through the book
  • Prepared in cooperation with the Foundational Questions Institute FQXi
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About this book

In this essay collection, leading physicists, philosophers, and historians attempt to fill the empty theoretical ground in the foundations of information and address the related question of the limits to our knowledge of the world.

Over recent decades, our practical approach to information and its exploitation has radically outpaced our theoretical understanding - to such a degree that reflection on the foundations may seem futile. But it is exactly fields such as quantum information, which are shifting the boundaries of the physically possible, that make a foundational understanding of information increasingly important. One of the recurring themes of the book is the claim by Eddington and Wheeler that information involves interaction and putting agents or observers centre stage. Thus, physical reality, in their view, is shaped by the questions we choose to put to it and is built up from the information residing at its core. This is the root of Wheeler’s famous phrase “it from bit.” After reading the stimulating essays collected in this volume, readers will be in a good position to decide whether they agree with this view.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Boundaries of Scientific Thought

    Durham, Ian T.

    Pages 1-34

  • Eddington’s Limits of Knowledge: The Role of Religion

    Stanley, Matthew

    Pages 35-44

  • Eddington’s Dream: A Failed Theory of Everything

    Kragh, Helge

    Pages 45-58

  • All Possible Perspectives: A (Partial) Defence of Eddington’s Physics

    Rickles, Dean

    Pages 59-72

  • Tracing the Arrows of Time

    Weinert, Friedel

    Pages 73-101

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eBook $54.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Information and Interaction
Book Subtitle
Eddington, Wheeler, and the Limits of Knowledge
Editors
  • Ian T. Durham
  • Dean Rickles
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-43760-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-43760-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-43758-3
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 212
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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