Steven Just to register. I watched all Khan Academy videos. They are awesome! I will use them with my students. Thank you.
Best -- Moisés André Nisenbaum Doutorando IBICT/UFRJ. Professor. Msc. Instituto Federal do Rio de Janeiro - IFRJ Campus Maracanã moises.nisenb...@ifrj.edu.br 2015-09-09 19:13 GMT-03:00 Steven Ericsson-Zenith <ste...@iase.us>: > Dear List, > > This is the start of the next FIS discussion. And this is the first of > several emails kicking the discussion off and divided into logical parts so > as not to confront the reader with too many ideas and too much text at once. > > The subject is one that has concerned me ever since I completed my PhD in > 1992. I came away from defending my thesis, essentially on large scale > parallel computation, with the strong intuition that I had disclosed much > more concerning the little that we know, than I had offered either a > theoretical or engineering solution. > > For the curious, a digital copy of this thesis can be found among the > reports of CRI, MINES ParisTech, formerly ENSMP, > http://www.cri.ensmp.fr/classement/doc/A-232.pdf, it is also available as > a paper copy on Amazon. > > Like many that have been involved in microprocessor and instruction > set/language design, using mathematical methods, we share the physical > concerns of a generation earlier, people like John Von Neumann, Alan > Turing, and Claude Shannon. In other words, a close intersection between > physical science and machine engineering. > > So I wish to proceed as follows, especially since this is a cross > disciplinary group: > > First identify a statement of the domain, what is it that I, in > particular, speak of when we use the term “Information.” I will clarify as > necessary. I will then discuss the issue of locality, what I think that > issue is and why it is a problem. Here we will get into several topics of > classical discussion. I will briefly present my own mathematics for the > problem in an informal yet rigorous style, reaching into the foundations of > logic. > > I will then discuss some historical issues in particular referencing > Benjamin Peirce, Albert Einstein and Alan Turing. And finally discuss the > contemporary issues, as I see them, in biophysics, biology, and associated > disciplines, reaching into human and other social constructions, perhaps > touching on cosmology and the extended role of information theory in > mathematical physics. > > This will seem very broad but in all cases I will focus upon the issues of > locality they each present. > > Before my preparations for these discussions I surveyed existing > pedagogical work to see how our science is currently presented and I came > across the Khan Academy video series on Information Theory, authored by > Brit Cruise. > > As flawed as I find this work, it is none-the-less an adequate place for > us to start and to build upon. It does a good job in briefly presenting the > work of Claude Shannon and others, in its second part on Modern Information > Theory. > > I especially encourage advanced readers to take the few minutes it will > take to review the Origin of Markov Chains, A Mathematical Theory of > Communication, Information Entropy, Compression Codes and Error Correction > to set the field and ensure that we are on the same page. You may also find > the final video on SETI work interesting, it will be relevant as we proceed. > > You can review these short videos on YouTube and here: > > https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-science/informationtheory > > or here: > > https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbg3ZX2pWlgKDVFNwn9B63UhYJVIerzHL > > I invite you to review these videos as the context for my next posting > that will be a discussion of what is good about this model, locality, and > what is, I now argue, fundamentally missing or wrong headed. > > Pedro, at the end of this I will aggregate these parts for the FIS wiki. > > Regards, > Steven > > -- > Dr. Steven Ericsson-Zenith, Los Gatos, California. +1-650-308-8611 > http://iase.info > > > > _______________________________________________ > Fis mailing list > Fis@listas.unizar.es > http://listas.unizar.es/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/fis >
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