Speaker: Prof Charles Bennett (IBM)
Time: 5pm on Monday 19th October
Location: Central Core of the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Clarkson Road
Computation, Dynamics, Evidence, and Experience
Like other parts of mathematics, information and computation theory originated as abstractions of experience, but their 20th century founders left behind, as mere physics, important thermodynamic and quantum ideas whose subsequent incorporation has greatly enriched the mathematical theory. Aside from its internal elegance, the new theory provides a deeper understanding of natural phenomena, such how thermodynamic disequilibrium enables the emergence of classical phenomenology from quantum laws, and the subsequent emergence of "logically deep" structures, containing internal evidence of a nontrivial history.