Physics and Computation

  • Ming Li
  • Paul Vitányi
Part of the Texts and Monographs in Computer Science book series (MCS)


Various issues in theoretical physics can be fruitfully analyzed by Kolmogorov complexity. This is the case for physical aspects of information processing, and for application of complexity to physics issues. Physicists have used complexity arguments in a variety of settings like information distance, thermodynamics, chaos, biology, and philosophy. We touch briefly upon several themes, but focus on two main issues.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ming Li
    • 1
  • Paul Vitányi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Centrum voor Wiskunde en InformaticaAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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