Understanding Information

From the Big Bang to Big Data

  • Alfons Josef Schuster

Part of the Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing book series (AI&KP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

  3. The World of Large and Small Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Andrew Whitaker
      Pages 51-65
  4. The World of Living Things

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Karin Fister, Iztok Fister Jr., Jana Murovec
      Pages 69-81
    3. Naoyuki Sato
      Pages 83-98
  5. The World of Intelligent Machines and Finiteness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Alfons Josef Schuster
      Pages 131-150
  6. The World of Networks, Clouds, and Big Data Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Gaye Lightbody, Fiona Browne, Valeriia Haberland
      Pages 175-193
  7. The World of Society and Philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 235-237

About this book


The motivation of this edited book is to generate an understanding about information, related concepts and the roles they play in the modern, technology permeated world. In order to achieve our goal, we observe how information is understood in domains, such as cosmology, physics, biology, neuroscience, computer science, artificial intelligence, the Internet, big data, information society, or philosophy. Together, these observations form an integrated view so that readers can better understand this exciting building-block of modern-day society.

On the surface, information is a relatively straightforward and intuitive concept. Underneath, however, information is a relatively versatile and mysterious entity. For instance, the way a physicist looks at information is not necessarily the same way as that of a biologist, a neuroscientist, a computer scientist, or a philosopher. Actually, when it comes to information, it is common that each field has its domain specific views, motivations, interpretations, definitions, methods, technologies, and challenges.

With contributions by authors from a wide range of backgrounds, Understanding Information: From the Big Bang to Big Data will appeal to readers interested in the impact of ‘information’ on modern- day life from a variety of perspectives.


Information and Science Information Society Big Data Information Processes Information Revolution Life cycle of Information

Editors and affiliations

  • Alfons Josef Schuster
    • 1
  1. 1.School of International Liberal StudiesWaseda UniversityShinjuku-kuJapan

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