Information Theory and Evolution

Front Cover
World Scientific, Jan 1, 2003 - Computers - 217 pages
1 Review
This highly interdisciplinary book discusses the phenomenon of life, including its origin and evolution (and also human cultural evolution), against the background of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and information theory. Among the central themes is the seeming contradiction between the second law of thermodynamics and the high degree of order and complexity produced by living systems. This paradox has its resolution in the information content of the Gibbs free energy that enters the biosphere from outside sources, as the author shows. The role of information in human cultural evolution is another focus of the book. One of the final chapters discusses the merging of information technology and biotechnology into a new discipline -- bio-information technology.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Information Theory and Evolution

User Review  - Tariq - Goodreads

This is a short book, and well suited to complete beginners in Information Theory. There is some quite complex maths, but this can be skipped if you are willing to accept it. Why has life really ... Read full review

Contents

PIONEERS OF EVOLUTIONARY THOUGHT
1
CHARLES DARWINS LIFE AND WORK
13
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION
35
STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND INFORMATION
73
INFORMATION FLOW IN BIOLOGY
95
CULTURAL EVOLUTION AND INFORMATION
109
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
133
BIOINFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
151
LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE
183
Appendix A ENTROPY AND INFORMATION
191
Appendix B BIOSEMIOTICS
197
Index
203
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (2003)

John Avery has taught ESL at Green River Community College as a tenured instructor since 1993. While there, he has revised curriculum, and led in the revision and implementation of standardized assessment and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Additionally, he is currently serving as the Chair of the Instructional Council for Green River. John served as President of the Washington State TESOL Affiliate, WAESOL, and is actively involved in conference planning and presenting on the state, national, and international levels. Previously, he taught in Saudi Arabia, California, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

Bibliographic information