On Growth, Form and Computers

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Sanjeev Kumar, Peter J. Bentley
Elsevier, Oct 3, 2003 - Mathematics - 472 pages
Conceived for both computer scientists and biologists alike, this collection of 22 essays highlights the important new role that computers play in developmental biology research. Essays show how through computer modeling, researchers gain further insight into developmental processes. Featured essays also cover their use in designing computer algorithms to tackle computer science problems in areas like neural network design, robot control, evolvable hardware, and more. Peter Bentley, noted for his prolific research on evolutionary computation, and Sanjeev Kumar head up a respected team to guide readers through these very complex and fascinating disciplines.

* Covers both developmental biology and computational development -- the only book of its kind!
* Provides introductory material and more detailed information on BOTH disciplines
* Includes contribututions from Richard Dawkins, Lewis Wolpert, Ian Stewart, and many other experts
 

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Contents

1 An introduction to computational development
1
Section 1 DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
45
Section 2 ANALYTICAL MODELS OF DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
107
Section 3 THE ROLE OF PHYSICS IN DEVELOPMENT
179
Section 4 DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY INSPIRED COMPUTATION
237
Section 5 APPLICATIONS OF BIOLOGICALLY INSPIRED DEVELOPMENT
337
Glossary
424
Index
431
Color Plate Section
445
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Peter J. Bentley is a Honorary Research Fellow at University College London, known for his research covering all aspects of EC, including multiobjective optimization, constraint handling, artificial immune systems, computational embryology and more, and applied to diverse applications including floor-planning, control, fraud-detection, and music composition. He speaks regularly at international conferences, and is a consultant, convenor, chair and reviewer for workshops, conferences, journals and books on Evolutionary Design and Evolutionary Computation. He has been a guest editor of special issues on Evolutionary Design and Creative Evolutionary Systems in journals, and is the editor of the book Evolutionary Design by Computers (MKP) and is the author of the popular science book, Digital Biology, to publish in May 2001.

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