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Grammatical man : information, entropy, language, and life / by Jeremy Campbell.


New York : Simon and Schuster, [1982] .
ISBN 9780671440619, 0671440616

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Subjects Information theory.
Information, Théorie de l'
Information, Théorie de l'.
Description 319 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date [1982]
©1982
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Also issued online.
Summary Just as physics made sense out of the mysteries of earth, air, fire, and water, it can be said that the science of information enriches and unifies an amazing diversity of modern sciences, from physics and mathematics to biology and linguistics. Because symbols, messages, and codes are the stuff not only of computers and telecommunications, but also of living organisms and the forms of human knowledge, information, and thus information theory, is universal. This is the first book to tell the story of information theory, how it arose with the development of radar during World War II, and how it evolved. This thought-provoking book describes how the laws and discoveries of information theory support controversial revisions to Darwinian evolution, begin to unravel the mysteries of language, memory and dreams, and stimulate provocative ideas in psychology, philosophy, art, music, computers, and even the structure of society. The insights of information theory make us look at our world in an entirely new and different way--but perhaps its most fascinating and unexpected surprise is the suggestion that order and complexity may be as natural as disorder and disorganization.--From publisher description.
Contents The second law and the yellow peril -- The noise of heat -- The demon deposed -- A nest of subtleties and traps -- Not too dull, not too exciting -- The struggle against randomness -- Arrows in all directions -- Chemical word and chemical deed -- Jumping the complexity barrier -- Something rather subtle -- Algorithms and evolution -- Partly green till the day we die -- No need for ancient astronauts -- The clear and the noisy messages of language -- A mirror of the mind -- The brain as Cat on a hot tin roof and other fallacies -- The strategies of seeing -- The bottom and top of memory -- The information of dreams -- The left and right of knowing -- The second-theorem society -- Afterword: Aristotle and DNA.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)8306673
(OCoLC)ocm08306673
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WorldCat Identities Campbell, Jeremy, 1931-
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