A Computable Universe: Understanding and Exploring Nature as Computation

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Hector Zenil
World Scientific, 2013 - 810 Seiten
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This volume, with a foreword by Sir Roger Penrose, discusses the foundations of computation in relation to nature.It focuses on two main questions:• What is computation?• How does nature compute?The contributors are world-renowned experts who have helped shape a cutting-edge computational understanding of the universe. They discuss computation in the world from a variety of perspectives, ranging from foundational concepts to pragmatic models to ontological conceptions and philosophical implications.The volume provides a state-of-the-art collection of technical papers and non-technical essays, representing a field that assumes information and computation to be key in understanding and explaining the basic structure underpinning physical reality. It also includes a new edition of Konrad Zuse's "Calculating Space" (the MIT translation), and a panel discussion transcription on the topic, featuring worldwide experts in quantum mechanics, physics, cognition, computation and algorithmic complexity.The volume is dedicated to the memory of Alan M Turing — the inventor of universal computation, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, and is part of the Turing Centenary celebrations.
 

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1 Introducing the Computable Universe H Zenil
1
Historical Philosophical Foundational Aspects of Computation
21
Computation in Nature the Real World
187
Computation Physics the Physics of Computation
345
The Quantum Computation Information
549
Open Discussion Section
629
Live Panel Discussion transcription
671
Zuses Calculating Space
727
Afterword to Konrad Zuses Calculating Space A German H Zenil
787
Index
795
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