Instituut voor Geschiedenis en Grondslagen van de Natuurwetenschappen
Institute for History and Foundations of Science
Information and the Physical:
Could Everything be Made of Information?
Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University
Thursday, 6 June 2013 from 15.30h to 16.30h
in lecture hall BBL 0.65, Buys Ballot Building
Uithof, Utrecht University
Developments in Quantum Information Theory have given momentum to the idea that information, not ordinary matter or physical stuff (particles and fields), might constitute the world. I will investigate what sense, if any, can be made of this proposal, and discuss whether it is indeed supported by developments in Quantum Information Theory. On the way, positive accounts will be given of the nature a) of the ordinary semantic and epistemic notion of information, and b) of the technical notions of information in classical and quantum information theories.