About this book
This book is intended to provoke, entertain, and inform by challenging the reader's ideas about randomness, providing first one and then another interpretation of what this elusive concept means. As the book progresses, the author teases out the various threads and shows how mathematics, communication engineering, computer science, philosophy, physics, and psychology all contribute to the discourse by illuminating different facets of the same idea.
The material in this book should be readily accessible to anyone with experience in undergraduate mathematics, no calculus needed. Three appendices provide some of the background information regarding binary representations and logarithms that are needed. Although an effort is made to justify most statements of a mathematical nature, a few are presented without corroboration, since they entail close-knit arguments that would detract from the main ideas. Readers can safely bypass the details without any loss, and in any case, the fine points are available in the technical notes assembled at the end.
algorithmic complexity boundary element method complexity decidability distribution entropy form knowledge law of large numbers mathematics perception probability similarity theorem uncertainty