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Information Physics—Towards a New Conception of Physical Reality
Department of Physics, University at Albany (SUNY), 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222, USA
Received: 10 September 2012 / Accepted: 26 September 2012 / Published: 17 October 2012
Abstract: The concept of information plays a fundamental role in our everyday experience, but is conspicuously absent in framework of classical physics. Over the last century, quantum theory and a series of other developments in physics and related subjects have brought the concept of information and the interface between an agent and the physical world into increasing prominence. As a result, over the last few decades, there has arisen a growing belief amongst many physicists that the concept of information may have a critical role to play in our understanding of the workings of the physical world, both in more deeply understanding existing physical theories and in formulating of new theories. In this paper, I describe the origin of the informational view of physics, illustrate some of the work inspired by this view, and give some indication of its implications for the development of a new conception of physical reality.
Keywords: quantum theory; information; information theory; information physics
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Goyal, P. Information Physics—Towards a New Conception of Physical Reality. Information 2012, 3, 567-594.
Goyal P. Information Physics—Towards a New Conception of Physical Reality. Information. 2012; 3(4):567-594.
Goyal, Philip. 2012. "Information Physics—Towards a New Conception of Physical Reality." Information 3, no. 4: 567-594.