May 06, 2014 at 08:44AM
"a new kind of physical theory ... about different states of information." #readingToday

The 20th century saw the greatest shift away from determinism and its clockwork view of the universe, towards explicitly non-deterministic ideas. It began with the development of statistical mechanics to understand the errors in celestial orbits, and the thermodynamics of gases and liquids that lay behind the ingenious innovations of the industrial revolution 11 . Following that, came the discovery that the physics of the very small could only be derived from a totally new kind of physical theory, one that did not refer to actual moving objects at all, but was instead about different states of information.

In Search of Certainty, Mark Burgess, 2013