• “Waiting for Carnot”: information and complexity

    Author(s):
    David Bawden (see profile) , Lyn Robinson
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    CityLIS
    Subject(s):
    Information science, Physics, Complexity
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Information theory
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6JD4PP1G
    Abstract:
    The relationship between information and complexity is analysed, by way of a detailed literature analysis. Complexity is a multi-faceted concept, with no single agreed definition. There are numerous approaches to defining and measuring complexity and organisation, all involving the idea of information. Conceptions of complexity, order, organization and ‘interesting order’ are inextricably intertwined with those of information. Shannon’s formalism captures information’s unpredictable creative contributions to organized complexity; a full understanding of information’s relation to structure and order is still lacking. Conceptual investigations of this topic should enrich the theoretical basis of the information science discipline, and create fruitful links with other disciplines which study the concepts of information and complexity.
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