Physics of Information (PHY 256A)
Physics of Computation (PHY 256B)

Jim Crutchfield
chaos@ucdavis.edu; http://csc.ucdavis.edu/~chaos

WWW: http://csc.ucdavis.edu/~chaos/courses/ncaso/

Readings, by Lecture

Abbreviations:

  1. NDAC: Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Strogatz
  2. EIT: Elements of Information Theory, Cover & Thomas
  3. For all others see the Computational Mechanics Reader at http://csc.ucdavis.edu/~chaos/courses/ncaso/Readings/CMechReader.html.

Any dates below would only be a forecast.

Physics of Information (256A) Winter Readings:

  1. Lecture 1: Chaos, Scientific American, and Odds, Stanislaw Lem.
  2. Lecture 2: NDAC, Chapters 1 and 2.
  3. Online labs and homework:
    1. Point your favorite browser to https://cmpy.csc.ucdavis.edu/;
    2. Follow instructions there;
    3. Then work through the SAGE tutorials at http://sagemath.org/; and
    4. Python tutorials at http://csc.ucdavis.edu/~chaos/courses/nlp/Software/PythonProgramming.html.
  4. Lecture 3: NDAC, Sections, 5.0-5.2, 6.0-6.4, 7.0-7.3, and 9.0-9.4.
  5. Lecture 4: NDAC, Chapters 3.
  6. Lecture 5: Chapter 8 and Sections 10.0-10.4.
  7. Lecture 6: NDAC, Sections 12.0-12.3, 9.3, and 10.5.
  8. Lecture 7: NDAC, Chapter 10.
  9. Lecture 8: Lecture Notes.
  10. Lecture 9: Lecture Notes.
  11. Lecture 10: Lecture Notes.
  12. Lecture 11: Lecture Notes and ZT in CM Reader.
  13. Lecture 12: Lecture Notes and CMR Alice (Gilmore/Lefranc ch. 2).
  14. Lecture 13: Lecture Notes and CMR Alice (Gilmore/Lefranc ch. 2).
  15. Lecture 14: EIT Chapters 1 and 2.
  16. Lecture 15: EIT Sections 5.1-5.4 and 7.1-7.7 and Chapter 4.
  17. Lecture 16: EIT Chapter 4.
  18. Lecture 17: CMR article RURO.
  19. Lecture 18: CMR article RURO.
  20. Lecture 19: CMR article Yeung.
  21. Lecture 20: CMR article Anatomy.

Physics of Computation (256B) Spring Readings:

  1. iPython tutorials at http://csc.ucdavis.edu/~chaos/courses/nlp/Software/PythonProgramming.html.
  2. CMPy—Computational Mechanics in Python:
    1. Available via the CMPy Server at https://cmpy.csc.ucdavis.edu/;
    2. CMPy documentation at http://cmpy.csc.ucdavis.edu/.
  3. Lecture 21: CMR articles RURO (Introduction), CAO, and ROIC.
  4. Lecture 22: CMR articles BOAC and CMPPSS (first sections).
  5. Lecture 23: Lecture Notes.
  6. Lecture 24: CMR article CMPPSS.
  7. Lecture 25: CMR articles CMPPSS and RURO.
  8. Lecture 26: CMR articles TBA and Yeung.
  9. Lecture 27: CMR articles TBA, PRATISP, IACP.
  10. Lecture 28: CMR articles TBA, PRATISP, IACP.
  11. Lecture 29: CMR articles TBA and Yeung.
  12. Lecture 30: CMR articles TBA, PRATISP, IACP.
  13. Lecture 31: CMR articles MRS and SAC.
  14. Lecture 32: CMR articles Anatomy and CFR.
  15. Lecture 33: CMR articles IMC and OIMNC.
  16. Lecture 34: CMR article BSI.

Let me state the obvious: You will find the lectures vastly more understandable having done the reading for each beforehand.