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Podcast #5: Information Theory and ‘It From Bit’

September 14, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s late Wednesday – later than I’d like for my weekly blog post but I have an excuse! Newman and I ended up having a long conversation instead. We taped it, called it a podcast, and now, here it is for your aural enjoyment.

Regular readers know that new podcasts are a Monday thing and this is clearly not Monday.

And you are correct! Way to know your days of the week.

Today’s topic though is messy. It’s better explained through a series of ramblings than through a discrete article. In fact, the basis of the podcast is about that very thought. Newman and I talk about the book The Information by James Gleick, or at least about the prologue.

You know a book is going to be good if you can do 45 minutes on something you read from the chapter before the first chapter. If you want to “Take A Look Inside the Book” on Amazon, you can do that here.

We also refer to a few TED Talks, which you can find below.

TED Talk: David Christian: Big History

TED Talk: Aaron O’Connell: Making sense of a visible quantum object

Enjoy the podcast (subscribe!) and be sure to join us on Friday for Newman’s epic blog post where he compares fivesecondtest.com to Feng-GUI. It may be a tag-team match, but you’ll have to wait until Friday to know exactly what that means. In the meantime, hit us up in the comments.