CSE 111, Fall 2004

Great Idea I:

Binary Representation

Last Update: 26 February 2013

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I. Boole's & Shannon's Idea.

All the information about any computable problem can be represented using only 2 nouns: 0, 1 (or any other bistable pair that can flip-flop between two easily distinguishable states, such as "on"/"off", "magnetized/de-magnetized", "high-voltage/low-voltage", etc.).


  1. Morse Code

  2. Binary Codes

  3. Interpreting (Binary) Codes

  4. Propositional and Boolean Logic

  5. Digital Representation of the Senses

  6. Is the entire physical universe made of binary bits?

  7. "Under the Hood of a New System"

  8. Markoff, John (2009), "After the Transistor, a Leap into the Microcosm", New York Times/Science Times (September 1): D1,D4.

  9. "Revolt of the Lab Rats", CarTalk Puzzler.

  10. Bollacker, Kurt D. (2010), "Avoiding a Digital Dark Age", American Scientist 98 (March-April): 106–110.

  11. Church, George M.; Gao, Yuan; & Kosuri, Sriram (2012), "Next-Generation Digital Information Storage in DNA", Science 337(6102) (28~September): 1628.





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