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Proving Darwin Making Biology Mathematical

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ISBN-10: 1400077982

ISBN-13: 9781400077984

Edition: N/A

Authors: Gregory Chaitin

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Groundbreaking mathematician Gregory Chaitin gives us the first book to posit that we can prove how Darwin’s theory of evolution works on a mathematical level. For years it has been received wisdom among most scientists that, just as Darwin claimed, all of the Earth’s life-forms evolved by blind chance. But does Darwin’s theory function on a purely mathematical level? Has there been enough time for evolution to produce the remarkable biological diversity we see around us? It’s a question no one has yet answered—in fact, no one has even attempted to answer it until now. In this illuminating and provocative book, Gregory Chaitin argues that we can’t be sure evolution makes sense without a…    
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/26/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

A Parable
Contradictory Quotes?
Problem Solvers and Theorizers
Preface
Introduction: Overview of Proving Darwin
Life as Evolving Software: The Evolution of Mutating Software
The Human Discovery of Software: Turing and von Neumann as Biologists
The Mathematics of Metabiology: Random Walks in Software Space
Santa Fe Institute Lecture: A Mathematical Theory of Evolution and Biological Creativity
Theological Aspects of Metabiology
The Politics of Creativity (Social Darwinism → Social Metabiology)
What Can Mathematics Ultimately Accomplish? Metabiology and Beyond
Von Neumann's "DNA = Software" Paper
The Heart of the Proof
Further Reading
Index