into the Universe
A new and radical story of space and time.
“A Tour De Force.”
What if space is not like we learn in mathematics,but more like a network?
What happens to the ability to measure things as you shrink or expand?
Since Einstein, space and time were the province of theoretical physicists and science fiction writers, but today they are of equal importance in Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and even Biology.
How information challenges our ideas about space,time,and process.
This is a book about physics, it's about computers, artificial intelligence, and many other topics on surface. It's about everything that has to do with information. It draws on examples from every avenue of life, and pulls apart preconceptions that have been programmed into us from childhood. It re-examines ideas like distance,time, and speed, and asks if we really know what those things are. If they are really so fundamental and universal concepts then can we also see them and use them in computers, or in the growing of a plant? Conversely, can we see phenomena we know from computers in physics? We can learn a lot by comparing the way we describe physics with the way we describe computers---and that throws up a radical view: the concept ofvirtualization, and what it might mean for physics.
Re-imagining Spacetime -- Is Physics only about Physics?
And do physicists own the sole rights to it?
Physics is the study of stuff that happens---or, at least, that's how it began. As its reputation deepened and its cultural baggage expanded, it became---like every other specialization---pickled in its own special culture and norms, as the preserve of what physicists consider their own territory. But physics is useful in other disciplines too: Information Technology, for one, though the language is not well adapted to it. Should physicists have the sole rights to narratives that are so important on all levels? Do physicists get to decide on the boundaries of physics? My new book is about just this topic, and I argue that there is much to be learned in both directions by rethinking the hallowed ideas of space and time, and appying them to the modern world.
Time for a wider view?
As a physicist who has wandered between disciplines in a way that academia generally frowns upon, I've found great inspiration and solace in the methods, and meta-principles of physics---and have had some success in applying them to the realm of modern computing.
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