Information Theory Honored by Cambridge University Press

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Many scientists regard mass and energy as the primary currency of nature. However, in recent years, the concept of information has gained importance. Advocates of this view use quantum, biological, and digital information to explore how nature works.

The extensive scientific, philosophical, and theological implications of this shift are explored in Information and the Nature of Reality: From Physics to Metaphysics, edited by 1995 Templeton Prize laureate Paul Davies and Niels Henrik Gregersen, professor of systematic theology at the University of Copenhagen. The book, published in 2010, is now being recognized by inclusion in the Canto Classics series. This collection brings together the most successful titles published by Cambridge University Press over the past half-century and more, thereby representing the most influential and enjoyable books from the publisher.

There are currently just 54 books in the series, by authors including such thinkers and writers as G.H. Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, C.S. Lewis, Erwin Schrodinger, and C.P. Snow. It is a significant honor for Davies and Gregersen’s volume, which was an output of the John Templeton Foundation’s Humble Approach Initiative (HAI) symposium in 2006 titled “God, Matter, and Information: What is Ultimate?” Mary Ann Meyers, Senior Fellow at the Foundation who directs the HAI program, commented that “the Canto Classics designation will mean that the paperback has a chance to reach a widening audience of students throughout the world.”