Pedro C. Marijuán
Fundación CIRCE, CPS-University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50018, Spain.
Received: 10 January 2003 / Accepted: 12 February 2003 / Published: 30 June
Abstract: The accompanying papers in the first issue of Entropy, volume 5, 2003 were presented at the electronic conference on Foundations of Information Science FIS 2002 (http://www.mdpi.net/fis2002/). The running title of this FIS e-conference was THE NATURE OF INFORMATION: CONCEPTIONS, MISCONCEPTIONS, AND PARADOXES. It was held on the Internet from 6 to 10 May 2002, and was followed by a series of discussions -structured as focused sessions- which took place in the net from 10 May 2002 until 31 January 2003 (more than 400 messages were exchanged, see: http://fis.iguw.tuwien.ac.at/mailings/). This Introduction will briefly survey the problems around the concept of information, will present the central ideas of the FIS initiative, and will contrast some of the basic differences between information and mechanics (reductionism).
Keywords: Information Science, Reductionism, Mechanics, Bioinformation, Adaptability, Entropy, Symmetry.