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Information Theory, Evolution, and the Origin of Life - Hubert P. Yockey

Information Theory, Evolution, and the Origin of Life

Paperback Published: 17th February 2011
ISBN: 9780521169585
Number Of Pages: 272

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Originally published in 2005, Information Theory, Evolution and the Origin of Life presents an introduction to the use of information theory and coding theory in molecular biology. The genetical information system, because it is linear and digital, resembles the algorithmic language of computers. George Gamow pointed out that the application of Shannon's information theory breaks genetics and molecular biology out of the descriptive mode into the quantitative mode and Dr Yockey develops this theme, discussing how information theory and coding theory can be applied to molecular biology. He discusses how these tools for measuring the information in the sequences of the genome and the proteome are essential for our complete understanding of the nature and origin of life. The author writes for the computer competent reader who is interested in evolution and the origins of life.

The genetic information system
James Watson, Francis Crick, George Gamow and the genetic code
The central dogma of molecular biology
The measure of information content in the genetic message
Communication of information from the genome to the proteome
The information content or complexity of protein families
Evolution of the genetic code and its modern characteristics
Haeckel's Urschleim and the role of the central dogma in the origin of life
Philosophical approaches to the origin of life
Error catastrophe and the hypercycles of Eigen and Schuster
Randomness, complexity, the unknowable and the impossible
Does evolution need an intelligent designer?
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ISBN: 9780521169585
ISBN-10: 0521169585
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 17th February 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.4