It from Bit

“It from Bit” refers to the hypothesis that the universe is informational at a fundamental level.

The term was coined by John Wheeler (also Richard Feynman’s Doctoral Adviser).

Whether the concept is a reflection of our time much as the Clock Work Universe mirrored the  Age of Enlightenment is too early to judge.

As a computer scientist it’s hard not to be inspired by ideas where information plays such a central role.

At a simplistic level, the Delayed Choice Experiment does have echoes of lazy evaluation, debugging a system can affect the outcome and a program running slowly or fast seems to me to be a good analogy for small steps on earth and giant leaps on the moon.


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  1. Pingback: Information and a post quantum world at Avik’s Ruminations

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