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Information Flow - The Logic of Distributed Systems

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This book presents a mathematically rigorous, philosophically sound foundation for a science of information based on the observation that information flow is possible only within a connected distributed system. The theory has a wide range of applications, from file transfer, to DNA, to quantum mechanics and to speech act theory. Information is a central topic in computer science, cognitive science and philosophy. In spite of its importance in the 'information age', there is no consensus on what information is, what makes it possible, and what it means for one medium to carry information about another. Drawing on ideas from mathematics, computer science and philosophy, this book addresses the definition and place of information in society. The authors, observing that information flow is possible only within a connected distribution system, provide a mathematically rigorous, philosophically sound foundation for a science of information. They illustrate their theory by applying it to a wide range of phenomena, from file transfer to DNA, from quantum mechanics to speech act theory.

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Author(s):
Barwise, Jon; Seligman, Jerry
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1997
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521583861
ISBN-13:
9780521583862
Number of pages:
274
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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This book presents a mathematically rigorous, philosophically sound foundation for a science of information based on the observation that information flow is possible only within a connected distributed system. The theory has a wide range of applications, from file transfer, to DNA, to quantum mechanics and to speech act theory. Information is a central topic in computer science, cognitive science and philosophy. In spite of its importance in the 'information age', there is no consensus on what information is, what makes it possible, and what it means for one medium to carry information about another. Drawing on ideas from mathematics, computer science and philosophy, this book addresses the definition and place of information in society. The authors, observing that information flow is possible only within a connected distribution system, provide a mathematically rigorous, philosophically sound foundation for a science of information. They illustrate their theory by applying it to a wide range of phenomena, from file transfer to DNA, from quantum mechanics to speech act theory.

Author(s):
Barwise, Jon; Seligman, Jerry
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1997
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521583861
ISBN-13:
9780521583862
Number of pages:
274
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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