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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author compare the famous library to?

2. What does Gleick compare the "Library of Babel" to?

3. How does Gleick see the universe?

4. "Entropy" was first used by what individual to describe the unavailability of energy?

5. What type of information is contained in DNA?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did psychologist George Miller discover about a person's ability to remember?

2. When was the term "cybernetics" coined and what meaning was attached to it?

3. What was the "Library of Babel" that was described in a story by Jorge Luis Borges?

4. What was discovered through the study of thermodynamics about the movement of energy?

5. What makes a number "computable?"

6. What was Claude Shannon referring to by the term "entropy" and what was its importance?

7. How did Gregory Chaitin characterize random numbers?

8. What is the relationship between man and his memes?

9. What is the normal state of molecules in a system? Describe that arrangement.

10. How did Erwin Schrodinger used the concept of "entropy"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Provides descriptions and the functionality of the "Differential Analyzer" and the "Principia Mathematica." How did early technological advancements lead to the merging of math and logic which lead to modern computing.

Essay Topic 2

What were the views of Rolf Landauer and John von Neumann on the energy cost of information processing? How was von Neuman's theory disproved and by whom?

Essay Topic 3

Why is the year 1948 considered a huge turning point in information theory and technology? What advances were made by researchers at Bell Laboratories during this time frame?

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