196 pages | 150 B/W Illus.
This book shows there is a profound connection between information and entropy. Without this connection, information would be more difficult to apply to science. This book covers the connection and the application to modern optics and radar imaging. It shows that there exists a profound relationship between Einstein’s relativity theory and Schröinger’s quantum mechanics, by means of the uncertainty principle. In due of the uncertainty relation, this book shows that every bit of information takes time and energy to transfer, to create and to observe. The new edition contains 3 new chapters on radar imaging with optics, science in the myth of information, and time and the enigma of space.
"…a very unique text; the contents are valuable to students, scientists and engineers working in optics and photonics area. It presents a fascinating integration of science and engineering, in particular optics, information and systems, from fundamental principles to practical applications. It also offers intriguing materials for a deep thinking about information and the universe, of which many interesting further explorations can be inspired. The book will be a very valuable reference as well an excellent course text for optical information processing or information optics."
—Ken Y. Hsu, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu City, Taiwan
"Besides the traditional Fourier optics, image processing, synthetic aperture radar (new) and information theory, the new renditions involving the relationship between space and time through how they affect information and entropy is fascinating. Readers will appreciate the parallels in the uncertainty relationships in space and time and the connections between quantum mechanics and relativity theory. Information takes time and energy to create, transfer and observe. The new contributions should go a long way in instilling in readers the physical principles and the wonders of the universe."
—Partha P. Banerjee, University of Dayton, Ohio, USA
"The updates and additions to the second edition merge the book with present state of the art issues such as quantum entanglement, aspects of the theory of relativity and modern views of space-time and gravity."
—Joseph Shamir, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Introduction to Information Transmission. Diffraction and Signal Analysis. Spatial Channel Encoding. Entropy and Information. Demon Exorcist and Cost of Entropy. Observation and Information. Image Restoration and Information. Quantum Effect on Photon Channel. Coherence Theory of Optics. Wavelet Transforms with Optics. Pattern Recognition with Optics. Computing with Optics. Communication with Fibre Optics. Appendices: Linear Difference Equation with Constant Coefficients. Solution of the A Priori Probabilities of Eqs. (5.37) and (5.38). Probability Energy Distribution. Radar Imaging with Optics. Science and the Myth of Information. Time: The Enigma of Space.