Templeton Funds Physics of Information

FQXi has recently issued a Request for Proposals, using money from the Templeton Foundation to fund about $3 million in grants for research on the “Physics of Information”:

  • What is the relationship between information and reality? Can information exist without any “material” substance? Can matter exist without any information? Or, are information and reality two sides of the same coin?
  • How does nature (the universe and things therein) process information? Are there fundamental limits? How is nature shaped and transformed by processing information?
  • What are the fundamental differences between classical and quantum information?
  • What can the physics of information reveal about black holes, singularities, physics at the Planck length, and the origins and fate of our universe?

This follows on the heels of $4 million in grants announced last week on the topic of New Frontiers in Astronomy and Cosmology.

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