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Information 2013, 4(2), 169-170; doi:10.3390/info4020169

New Books Received *
Emergent Information, a Unified Theory of Information Framework Vol. 3. By Wolfgang Hofkirchner, World Scientific, 2013; 280 Pages. Price £ 58.00, ISBN 978-981-4313-48-3
Shu-Kun Lin
MDPI AG, Kandererstrasse 25, CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland; Tel.: +41-61-683-77-34; Fax: +41-61-302-89-18
Received: 25 March 2013 / Accepted: 8 April 2013 / Published: 15 April 2013

The following paragraphs are reproduced from the website of the publisher [1].

At the dawn of the information age, a proper understanding of information and how it relates to matter and energy is of utmost importance for the survival of civilisation. Yet, attempts to reconcile information concepts underlying science and technology with those en vogue in social science, humanities, and arts are rather rare. This book offers a new approach, departing from fragmented information concepts.

Many academics refrain from undergoing unifications, as most undertakings are reductionistic. This book contends that it is the noble task of an as-yet-to-be-developed science of information to go one step in the direction of a unified theory of information without falling back into neither reduction nor anthropomorphisation.

To be able to succeed in an ambitious task like this, the book advocates the application of complex systems theory and its philosophical underpinnings. Information needs to be interpreted in terms of self-organisation to do justice to the richness of its manifestations. The way the book does so will provide the reader with a deep insight into a basic feature of our world.

The following are discussed in the volume: A Science of Information; A New Way of Thinking; Praxio-Onto-Epistemology; Evolutionary Systems Design; Evolutionary Systems Ontology; Evolutionary Systems Methodology; Capurro’s Information Concept Trilemma; A Multi-Stage Model of Evolutionary Types of Information: Pattern Formation, Code-Making, and Constituting Sense; A Triple-C Model of Systemic Functions of Information: Cognising, Communicating, and Co-Operating; Nine Categories of Information Capabilities: Reflectivity (physical), Psyche (biotic), Consciousness (human); Connectivity (physical), Signalability (biotic), Languageability (human); Cohesiveness (physical), Coherency (biotic), Communitarity (human); Nine Categories of Information: Response (physical), Flexible Response (biotic), Reflexion (human); Correspondences (physical), Signals (biotic), Symbolic Acts (human); Assemblage (physical), Assignment (biotic), Association (human); A Unified Theory of Information for, about, and by means of the Information Society.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  • List of Tables

  • List of Figures

  • Part 1: Towards a Science of Information

    • Chapter 1: The Dawn of a Science of Information

  • Part 2: Steps to a Unified Theory of INFORMATION

    • Chapter 2: A New Weltanschauung

    • Chapter 3: Nudges

    • Chapter 4: Chaosmic Metasystem Transitions and Suprasystem Hierarchies

    • Chapter 5: The Adjacent Necessary

    • Chapter 6: Objects are Subjects are Objects… Reflections in a Creative Universe

  • Part 3: Towards a Science for, about, and via the Information Society

    • Chapter 7: A Global Sustainable Information Society

  • Biography

  • Index

* Editor’s Note: The brief summary and the contents of the books are reported as provided by the author or the publishers. Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent books of potential interest to readers of Information to the Publisher (Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), Kandererstrasse 25, CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland. Tel.: +41-61-683-77-34; Fax: +41-61-302-89-18; E-Mail: Some books will be offered to the scholarly community for the purpose of preparing full-length reviews.


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