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Holding On to RealityThe Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium$
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Albert Borgmann

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780226066257

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226066226.001.0001

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Elementary Measures

Elementary Measures

(p.125) Chapter Eleven Elementary Measures
Holding On to Reality
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The prominence and precision that the ideas of structure, measure, and reduction to elementary particles had attained in atomic physics in Thomson's time have left a deep impression on the common understanding of information. The electron, like the letter, turned out to be a model for the analysis and synthesis of information. The bit of information is a measure of information space, and by itself the number of bits of a set of signs tells nothing about whether or how the space has been filled with content. “Bits of information” has a broad generic meaning that is as useful in discussions of information technology as it is treacherous in discussions of contemporary culture.

Keywords:   elementary particles, electron, Bits of information, information technology, contemporary culture

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