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2016 Physics of the Observer
2016 Awardees

2015 The Physics of What Happens
2015 Awardees

2013 Physics of Information
2013 Awardees

2010 The Nature of Time
2010 Awardees

2008 Foundational Questions in Physics and Cosmology
2008 Awardees

2006 Foundational Questions in Physics and Cosmology
2006 Awardees

Ian Durham
Saint Anselm College

Dean Rickles
University of Sydney

Project Title

Information and Interaction

Project Summary

The practical approach to information, while certainly impressive, has radically outpaced our theoretical understanding of it to such a degree that reflection on the foundations may seem futile. Yet, advances in quantum information and other areas have begun to push the boundaries of the physically possible, making a foundational understanding of information increasingly important. In this project, we aim to study the nature of information in a manner in- spired by two the 20th Century's greatest physicists, Arthur Eddington and John Wheeler. To Eddington and Wheeler, information was ultimately related to interaction. As such, physical reality was literally constructed from information. The centerpiece of the project will be a four-day workshop at Trinity College, Cambridge, where Eddington spent a good portion of his life. The workshop will coincide with the 70th anniversary of Eddington's death in 2014 and will bring together a wide range of researchers to address these issues.

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