Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Why the Basis of the Universe Isn’t Matter or Energy, It’s Data. | Magazine

An interview with James Gleick, whose latest book was published today

Information flows everywhere, through wires and genes, through brain cells and quarks. But while it may appear ubiquitous to us now, until recently we had no awareness of what information was or how it worked. In his new book, The Information, science writer James Gleick documents the rising role of information in our lives and the way new technologies continue to increase its velocity, volume, and importance. Gleick—whose first book, Chaos, was a National Book Award finalist and whose biographies of Richard Feynman and Isaac Newton were both short-listed for the Pulitzer—spent seven years compiling his epic account. Wired spoke with Gleick about his unified history of the fundamental force behind life, the universe, and everything.

Why the Basis of the Universe Isn’t Matter or Energy, It’s Data. | Magazine

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