## The New Renaissance: Computers and the Next Level of CivilizationThe electronic computer, argues Douglas Robertson, is the most important invention in the history of technology, if not all history It has already set off an information explosion that has changed many facets of civilization beyond recognition. These changes have ushered in nothing less than the dawn of a new level of civilization. In The New Renaissance, Robertson offers an important historical perspective on the computer revolution, by comparing it to three earlier landmarks of human development--language, writing, and printing. We see how these three inventions changed how we capture, store, and distribute information, and how each thereby triggered an information explosion that transformed society, ushering in a new civilization utterly unlike anything before. But history has never seen a revolution on the scale of the one being sparked by computers today. What can we expect from the most important technological breakthrough in human history? Robertson lays out possible scenarios regarding transformations in science and mathematics, education, language, the arts, and everyday life. School children, for instance, will forsake pencil and paper for keyboard and calculator, much as their forebears forsook clay tablets and abaci for pencil and paper. In films, the computer simulations of Jurassic Park could be eclipsed by "synthespians," artificial actors indistinguishable from living ones. Whether one is a computer enthusiast, a popular science buff, or simply someone fascinated by the future, The New Renaissance provides a breathtaking peek at the magnitude of changes we can expect as the full power of computers is unleashed. |

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To settle this problem he developed the notion of a set, which is simply a

definable collection of objects or

number of objects. The question Cantor then had to resolve is: Under what

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To settle this problem he developed the notion of a set, which is simply a

definable collection of objects or

**elements**. A set may contain a finite or an infinitenumber of objects. The question Cantor then had to resolve is: Under what

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A subset of a set is defined as a set that is made up of

original set. The subset may contain all of the

may contain no

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A subset of a set is defined as a set that is made up of

**elements**selected from theoriginal set. The subset may contain all of the

**elements**of the original set, or itmay contain no

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Now if the original set has n

this is straightforward: There are two possibilities for the first

or out of the subset), two more for the second

Now if the original set has n

**elements**, there are 2" possible subsets. The proof ofthis is straightforward: There are two possibilities for the first

**element**in the set (inor out of the subset), two more for the second

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Introduction 3 | |

Theories of Everything | |

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