This review volume consists of a set of chapters written by leading scholars, most of them founders of their fields. It explores the connections of Randomness to other areas of scientific knowledge, especially its fruitful relationship to Computability and Complexity Theory, and also to areas such as Probability, Statistics, Information Theory, Biology, Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Learning Theory and Artificial Intelligence. The contributors cover these topics without neglecting important philosophical dimensions, sometimes going beyond the purely technical to formulate age old questions relating to matters such as determinism and free will.The scope of Randomness Through Computation is novel. Each contributor shares their personal views and anecdotes on the various reasons and motivations which led them to the study of Randomness. Using a question and answer format, they share their visions from their several distinctive vantage points.
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
Number of pages: 440
Weight: 748 g
Dimensions: 231 x 155 x 28 mm
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this gem of a book. Its target audience includes post-graduates and researchers in CS, statistics, applied mathematics, and related disciplines. It is surely a must-have book for any scientific library. Apart from research, the book also serves pedagogical and philosophical interests. -- ACM Computing Reviews "ACM Computing Reviews"
It is a book aimed at the general scientist/philosopher/mathematically literate reader. You won't learn the precise details of quantum mechanics in this book, but what you will learn is a great deal about current thinking of a collection of leading experts in a broad range of topics in and around randomness. It certainly gave me much food for thought. I certainly found a lot of food for thought here, and regard this as an excellent addition to my library. -- Amazon.com "Amazon.com"