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The Physics of Information Technology - (Cambridge Series on Information and the Natural Sciences)

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Number of Pages: 388

Genre: Science

Series Title: Cambridge Series on Information and the Natural Sciences

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book theme: General

Author: Neil Gershenfeld

Language: English

Street Date: June 23, 2011
TCIN: 78570135
UPC: 9780521210225
Item Number (DPCI): 247-35-0805

Description

The Physics of Information Technology explores the familiar devices that we use to collect, transform, transmit, and interact with electronic information. Many such devices operate surprisingly close to very many fundamental physical limits. Understanding how such devices work, and how they can (and cannot) be improved, requires deep insight into the character of physical law as well as engineering practice. The book starts with an introduction to units, forces, and the probabilistic foundations of noise and signaling, then progresses through the electromagnetics of wired and wireless communications, and the quantum mechanics of electronic, optical, and magnetic materials, to discussions of mechanisms for computation, storage, sensing, and display. This self-contained volume will help both physical scientists and computer scientists see beyond the conventional division between hardware and software to understand the implications of physical theory for information manipulation.
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