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Author Avery, John, 1933-

Title Information theory and evolution / John Avery
Published Singapore ; River Edge, NJ : World Scientific Pub., [2003]


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Description xiii, 217 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents 1. Pioneers of Evolutionary Thought -- 2. Charles Darwin's Life and Work -- 3. Molecular Biology and Evolution -- 4. Statistical Mechanics and Information -- 5. Information Flow in Biology -- 6. Cultural Evolution and Information -- 7. Information Technology -- 8. Bio-Information Technology -- 9. Looking Towards the Future -- App. A. Entropy and Information -- App. B. Biosemiotics
Summary An interdisciplinary discussion of 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 text. One of the final chapters discusses the merging of information technology and biotechnology into a new discipline - bio-information technology
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online version of the print title
System requirements: Internet connectivity, World Wide Web browser, and Adobe Acrobat reader
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Evolution (Biology)
Information theory in biology.
LC no. 2003050156
ISBN 9812383999 hardback alkaline paper
9812384006 paperback alkaline paper
OTHER TI World Scientific ebooks