i am a theoretical physicist who knows a great deal about statistical mechanics since it my research field and it obvious that the author knows nothing about the subject. his promotion of Wolpert's idea that a mathematical link between game theory and statistical mechanics is of any significance is utter nonsense. moreover, as a libertarian formally educated in the Austrian school of economics, it is obvious that the author knows very little about free market economics. the junk science spouted by the author should not have surprised me as it was apparent in his previous book "The Bit and the Pendulum". the author is one of the very worst science popularizers currently at work he apparently interviews a few people and then
either buys into their self-aggrandizing claims about the significance of their work or he does not understand what they are telling him and he concocts a mish mosh out of his misunderstanding and/or ignorance. if you want to understand anything about the scientific topics this author has written about, your best approach would be to avoid anything this author has written and instead look for other books written by far better professional science popularizers (there are a few of them). better still, read a popularization written by a practicing professional scientist - even if the writing is less transparent, what knowledge you do gain will be better than anything this author is likely to tell you. it is actually better to be ignorant then to be so utterly misinformed.