The Nature of Information

  • Jeremy J. RamsdenEmail author
Part of the Computational Biology book series (COBO, volume 10)

What is information? We have already asserted that it is a profound, primitive (i.e., irreducible) concept. Dictionary definitions include “(desired) items of knowledge”; for example, one wishes to know the length of a piece of wood. It appears to be less than a foot long, so we measure it with our desktop ruler marked off in inches, with the result, let us say, “between six and seven inches.” This result is clearly an item of desired knowledge, hence information. We will return to this example later. Another definition is “fact(s) learned about something,” implying that there is a definable object to which the facts are related, suggesting the need for context and meaning.


Markov Process Shannon Index Preceding Symbol Logical Depth Conditional Readiness 
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© Springer-Verlag London 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cranfield University School of Applied SciencesBedfordshire, UK

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