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Artificial Worlds : Computers, Complexity And The Riddle Of Life - Richard Morris

Artificial Worlds

Computers, Complexity And The Riddle Of Life

Paperback Published: 1st January 2003
ISBN: 9780738208718
Number Of Pages: 208

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<>An exciting exploration of how complexity theory is answering all of our questions about evolution and might even show us how life developed.<>

Prefacep. ix
What Is Life?p. 1
What Is Life?p. 4
Complexity versus Reduction, or What Happens when You Pull the Plug in the Bathtubp. 7
What Is Complexity?p. 11
Compute, Compute, Computep. 12
The Origin of Lifep. 15
Life in a Computerp. 16
Complexity in the Laboratoryp. 17
New Horizons or Empty Promises?p. 18
Laws of Complexityp. 20
Creating Life in the Laboratoryp. 21
The Origin of Lifep. 22
Is Creating Life Really That Easy?p. 24
Which Came First: RNA or Proteins?p. 27
Creating Lifep. 29
Synthetic Lifep. 34
Two Outlooks on the Origin of Lifep. 37
Self-Replicating Proteinsp. 38
The Evolution of Complexityp. 43
Defining Complexityp. 46
The Cambrian Explosionp. 50
The Burgess Shalep. 51
The Permian Extinctionp. 54
Disparity versus Diversityp. 55
Can the Sciences of Complexity Study the Emergence of Complexity?p. 61
Fitness Landscapesp. 63
Natural Selectionp. 65
The Problem of Heredityp. 67
Mendel's Peasp. 69
Genetics versus Natural Selectionp. 70
Is Natural Selection Everything?p. 71
Darwin's Dangerous Ideap. 74
A Real Muddlep. 76
Fitness Landscapesp. 77
A Throne Covered with Crocodile Skinp. 81
Artificial Lifep. 85
Paleontologists versus Geneticistsp. 88
Don't Bother the Grownupsp. 90
Gould's Snailsp. 91
Revolutionary Theory or Minor Correction?p. 92
Life inside a Computerp. 95
Two Kinds of Evolutionp. 97
The Evolution of Complexity (Again)p. 98
Is Artificial Life Really "Life"?p. 101
Is Natural Selection the Whole Story?p. 103
Cosmic Evolution and Biological Evolutionp. 104
A Short History of the Universep. 105
What about Biological Evolution?p. 108
Back to Biology Againp. 110
But What Does It Have to Do with Reality?p. 114
A Little Organism with a Big Namep. 117
Philosophical Differencesp. 119
Artificial Life on the Internetp. 123
Tierrap. 124
And What Does All This Have to Do with Evolution?p. 127
Sexp. 129
Problems, Problemsp. 131
The Evolution of Complexityp. 133
Intelligent Electronic Lifep. 135
Two Biodiversity Reservesp. 137
Sons of Tierrap. 138
Varieties of Artificial Lifep. 140
Swarmp. 141
Swarmsp. 147
Research Using Swarmp. 150
Swarm and Archaeologyp. 152
But What Does All This Have to Do with Life?p. 154
The Fate of Creative Scientistsp. 156
The Promise of Complexityp. 157
Scientific Successp. 158
Controversyp. 160
Artificial Life as Philosophyp. 164
A Strange Kind of Sciencep. 166
Bibliographyp. 171
World Wide Web Resourcesp. 179
Indexp. 187
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ISBN: 9780738208718
ISBN-10: 073820871X
Series: Computere Complexity and the Riddle of Life
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st January 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1