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From matter to life : information and causality

Author: Sara Imari Walker; P C W Davies; George F R Ellis
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
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Recent advances suggest that the concept of information might hold the key to unravelling the mystery of life's nature and origin. Fresh insights from a broad and authoritative range of articulate and respected experts focus on the transition from matter to life, and hence reconcile the deep conceptual schism between the way we describe physical and biological systems. A unique cross-disciplinary perspective,  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sara Imari Walker; P C W Davies; George F R Ellis
ISBN: 9781107150539 1107150531
OCLC Number: 959610869
Description: xxii, 494 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The "hard problem" of life / Sara Imari Walker and Paul C.W. Davies --
Beyond initial conditions and laws of motion : constructor theory of information and life / Chiara Marletto --
(How) did information emerge? / Anne-Marie Grisogono --
On the emerging codes for chemical evolution / Jillian E. Smith-Carpenter, Sha Li, Jay T. Goodwin, Anil K. Mehta, and David G. Lynn --
Digital and analogue information in organisms/ Denis Noble --
From entropy to information : biased typewriters and the origin of life / Christophe Adami and Thomas Labar --
Cryptographic nature / David Krakauer --
Noise and function / Steven Weinstein and Theodore P. Pavlic --
The many faces of state space compression / David Wolpert, Eric Libby, Joshua A. Grochow, and Simon Dedeo --
Causality, information, and biological computation : an algorithmic software approach to life, disease, and the immune system / Hector Zenil, Angelika Schmidt, and Jesper Tegnâer --
Life's information hierarchy / Jessica Flack --
Living through downward causation : from molecules to ecosystems / Keith D. Farnsworth, George F.R. Ellis, and Luc Jaeger --
Automata and animats : from dynamics to cause-effect structures / Larissa Albantakis and Giulio Tononi --
Biological information, causality, and specificity : an intimate relationship / Karola Stotz and Paul E. Griffiths --
Major transitions in political order / Simon Dedeo --
Bits from brains : analyzing distributed computation in neural systems / Michael Wibral, Joseph Lizier, and Viola Priesemann --
Machine learning and the questions it raises / G. Andrew D. Briggs and Dawid Potgieter.
Responsibility: Sara Imari Walker, Arizona State University, Paul C.W. Davies, Arizona State University, George F.R. Ellis, University of Cape Town.

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Recent advances suggest that the concept of information might hold the key to unravelling the mystery of life's origins. This book provides fresh insights from experts in philosophy, biology,  Read more...

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'From Matter to Life, by Walker, Davies and Ellis, is an astonishing, important book. What is information? Can information have causal consequences? If so, how? With new mathematics, wide and Read more...

 
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