Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
Information and Complexity
Information is a fundamental concept since the pioneering works of Shannon and Kolmogorov, but is application is often unclear or controversial. In particle, in interactive situations, the question emerges who knows or needs to know what. Also, it is a question to what extent the complexity of a system can be evaluated in information theoretical terms. In this talk, I shall present some of our contributions towards these questions, the theory of information decomposition and the information theoretical approach to complexity, and sketch some applications in various domains, like evolutionary and molecular biology or strategy science.