Special Issue "Physics of Information"


A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 January 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Hector Zenil
Unit of Computational Medicine, Center for Molecular Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Website: http://www.mathrix.org/zenil/
Interests: algorithmic information theory; computational biology and complex networks
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic
1 Department of Applied Information Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
2 School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Computer Science Laboratory, Mälardalen University, Sweden
Website: http://www.mrtc.mdh.se/~gdc/
Interests: computing paradigms; computational mechanisms of cognition; philosophy of science; epistemology of science; computing and philosophy; ethics of computing; information ethics; roboethics and engineering ethics; sustainability ethics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Information has enabled new interpretations of quantum phenomena that promise fresh theoretical and practical insights. It also lies at the heart of statistical mechanics. Longstanding paradoxes in thermodynamics have been solved (or raised) using information and computation. In cosmology, it has been suggested that the universe has an unexpectedly limited capacity to store and process information, perhaps indicating that space and time are not fundamental properties of reality. Paradoxically, physics seems to impose constraints on information, such as the speed at which it can travel from one region to another in or how much information we can extract from a physical event at the smallest scale. Focusing on information flow, it has also been suggested, will also help us better understand how cells and complex biological organisms work. Indeed these days molecular biology is mostly an information science.

But it is computer science that has placed information at the center of the modern debate. Digital information has dominated technology in the half century, empowering and extending human capabilities to new frontiers. How unreasonable is the effectiveness of digital computation in the natural sciences? Is computation the obvious description of information-processing? What are the connections between carrying information, programming artificial and natural systems and computation? What is the nature of the interplay between information, entropy and other complexity measures?

This special issue is devoted to all these questions as approached through rigorous and unpublished technical work from areas such as cosmology, astrophysics, mathematics, computer science, complexity science, biology, and neuroscience. The central topic for authors to bear in mind is some foundational aspect of information and reality, or information processing in nature.

Dr. Hector Zenil
Dr. Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic
Guest Editors


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  • information paradoxes in physics
  • programming reality
  • digital and informational physics
  • it from bit and/or it from bit
  • bit-string physics
  • quantum information and computation
  • computational thermodynamics
  • mathematical/Computational universe hypothesis
  • simulation and simulacra
  • theories of quantum gravity
  • algorithmic information theory
  • information, algorithms and automata
  • models of information processing
  • natural computing

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p. 508-525
Information 2014, 5(3), 508-525; doi:10.3390/info5030508
Received: 15 May 2014 / Revised: 16 September 2014 / Accepted: 16 September 2014 / Published: 22 September 2014
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Information 2014, 5(3), 424-439; doi:10.3390/info5030424
Received: 4 March 2014 / Revised: 23 June 2014 / Accepted: 14 July 2014 / Published: 21 July 2014
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Information 2014, 5(3), 389-403; doi:10.3390/info5030389
Received: 21 December 2013 / Revised: 27 June 2014 / Accepted: 30 June 2014 / Published: 8 July 2014
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Information 2014, 5(2), 209-218; doi:10.3390/info5020209
Received: 8 January 2014 / Revised: 31 March 2014 / Accepted: 2 April 2014 / Published: 4 April 2014
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Information 2014, 5(1), 190-208; doi:10.3390/info5010190
Received: 21 January 2014 / Revised: 5 March 2014 / Accepted: 6 March 2014 / Published: 7 March 2014
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Information 2014, 5(1), 172-189; doi:10.3390/info5010172
Received: 13 November 2013 / Revised: 4 December 2013 / Accepted: 26 February 2014 / Published: 27 February 2014
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