Re: Pizza Example
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 18:17:31 GMT
"Dawn M. Wolthuis" <dwolt_at_tincat-group.com> wrote in message
> "Anthony W. Youngman" <wol_at_thewolery.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
> > In message <c0e3f26e.0404191515.429e6820_at_posting.google.com>, Tony
> > <andrewst_at_onetel.net.uk> writes
> > >> Yes, you CAN try to analyse and store that information, but you
> > >> do it in Science - entropy is a one-way-street. If you treat a
> > >> as an exercise in Pure Maths, I might agree with you, but as soon as
> > >> drag the real world into it (and if you don't, what's the *point* of
> > >> database), you have to deal with entropy.
> > >
> > >Since nothing is lost by the decomposition process (by definition),
> > >entropy is about as relevant as Schrodinger's Cat and all your other
> > >pop-science book obsessions.
> > Let's decompose the real world into its fundamental particles. Ooops ...
> > we've suddenly lost cause-and-effect !
> > There is a limit to lossless decomposition - quantum mechanics says so.
> > Okay, a GUT or TOE might revise our opinion of this, but that's beyond
> > current knowledge.
> When working on database theory as it relates to PICK, I came up with
> "strings" as a critical component of the theory. So, now with string
> proposed as a Theory Of Everything in physics, I thought it was fun to
> "string theory" as a TOE for database theory too. It was hard to find
> others to delight in this as I did at the time, however. smiles. --dawn
Cute, but where does that leave the lowly bit? Surely that's the basis... and besides, what IS the theory behind strings? Received on Fri Apr 23 2004 - 20:17:31 CEST