News tagged with information theory

Explained: The Shannon limit

It's the early 1980s, and you’re an equipment manufacturer for the fledgling personal-computer market. For years, modems that send data over the telephone lines have been stuck at a maximum rate of 9.6 kilobits per second: ...

dateJan 19, 2010 in Computer Sciences
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Visual assistance for cosmic blind spots

A bit of imagination on the part of a measuring instrument wouldn't be a bad thing. It could help to add data from areas where the instrument is unable to measure. However, it must do so constructively. In order to infer ...

dateNov 23, 2009 in General Physics
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The entropy of black holes

Yesterday I talked about black hole thermodynamics, specifically how you can write the laws of thermodynamics as laws about black holes. Central to the idea of thermodynamics is the property of entropy, which can be related ...

dateSep 12, 2014 in Astronomy
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Game of go: A complex network

Could computers ever beat the best go players? Although unthinkable at this stage, this could soon become possible, thanks to CNRS theorists. For the first time, two scientists from the Theoretical Physics Laboratory and ...

dateApr 16, 2012 in Mathematics
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