Recovering the past

by NancyLebovitz1 min read12th Mar 201516 comments


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One of the themes of current scientific progress is getting more and more information out of tiny amounts of data. Who'd have thought that we could learn so much of distant and recent biological history from DNA, and so much about distant planets, stars, galaxies, and the cosmos from tiny differences in very small amounts of light?

Pratchett's death puts an extra edge on the question-- to what extent can people be re-created from what they've left behind them, especially if they've written novels which include a lot of their personality?

Any thoughts about theoretical limits of how much can be figured out from small amounts of data?