Science, Computers, and the Information Onslaught - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124049703, 9781483263052

Science, Computers, and the Information Onslaught

1st Edition

A Collection of Essays

Editors: Donald M. Kerr Karl Braithwaite N. Metropolis
eBook ISBN: 9781483263052
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 27th August 1984
Page Count: 290
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Science, Computers, and the Information Onslaught: A Collection of Essays covers the proceedings of the 1981 meeting on “Science and the Information Onslaught”, held at Los Alamos, New Mexico.

This book is organized into five parts encompassing 19 chapters. The first part deals with the problems of measurement and the uses of information in decisions concerning national security. This part also emphasizes the dependence of survival on technological progress. The next part examines the foundations of information theory, the interaction between psychological concepts and the mathematical theories of automata, and the major problems in robotics. These topics are followed by discussions of the efforts to codify languages in formal grammatical systems and the past misuse of irrelevantly detailed information in decision making, specifically the use and misuse of information in government decisions about technological projects. The remaining parts consider the project of enhancing human abilities by the insertion of silicon chips in the body. These parts also assess the implications of a microelectronic technology capable of producing chips bearing millions of logically active circuit elements. Accounts of cryptanalytic successes in World War II are also included.

This book will be of value to mathematicians, physicists, linguistics, and computer scientists.

Table of Contents



I. Introduction

Welcoming Comments to the Conference on Science and the Information Onslaught

Technological Innovation: The Key to Our National Security

II. The Science of Information

The Human Possession and Transfer of Information

Computers, Control, and Intentionality

Machines and Elephants Never Forget

Review of the Quantum-Mechanical Measurement Problem

How Does One Get so Much Information from so Few Assumptions?

III. Science and the Information Onslaught

Has Anything Changed Since "Science, Government, and Information"?

Some Aspects of the Information Onslaught in Geoscience

Libraries in the Year 2000

IV. Computers and the Information Onslaught

Large-Scale Parallel Computers

Information and Digital Computing: Too Much with us, Near and Far?

Words and Sounds

Natural Language Based Information Management Systems

Sandia and Information Handling

V. Government, Society, National Security, and the Information Onslaught

Remarks on the Accuracy of Some Recent World War II Accounts

Science and National Security Decisions

The Irrelevance of Information to Government Decision Making

Can Science Education Cope with the Information Onslaught?

Consensus for Action


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Donald M. Kerr

Karl Braithwaite

N. Metropolis

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