The computer and the universe

  • John Archibald Wheeler

DOI: 10.1007/BF02650185

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Wheeler, J.A. Int J Theor Phys (1982) 21: 557. doi:10.1007/BF02650185


The reasons are briefly recalled why (1) time cannot be a primordial category in the description of nature, but secondary, approximate and derived, and (2) the laws of physics could not have been engraved for all time upon a tablet of granite, but had to come into being by a higgledy-piggledy mechanism. It is difficult to defend the view that existence is built at bottom upon particles, fields of force or space and time. Attention is called to the “elementary quantum phenomenon” as potential building element for all that is. The task of construction of physics from such elements is compared and contrasted with the problem of constructing a computer out of “yes, no” devices.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Archibald Wheeler
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Theoretical PhysicsThe University of Texas at AustinAustin

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