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Information Theory and Evolution

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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 produc ...more
Paperback, 217 pages
Published June 2nd 2003 by World Scientific Publishing Company (first published May 28th 2003)
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Chris Aldrich
Feb 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: All JHU BME/EE freshmen
This is a fantastic book which, for the majority of people, I'd give a five star review. For my own purposes, however, I was expecting far more on the theoretical side of information theory and statistical mechanics as applied to microbiology that it didn't live up to, so I'm giving it three stars from a purely personal perspective.

I do wish that someone had placed it in my hands and forced me to read it when I was a freshman in college entering the study of biomedical and electrical engineering
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Tariq
Aug 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 increased in complexity? What is going on in terms of genetic information, and what can the laws of entropy and information entropy tell us about this?

There is quite a bit of controversy in terms of whether or how the two types of entropy are related, and the book helps to clarify certain aspects of this
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