Groundbreaking mathematician Gregory Chaitin gives us the first book to posit that we can prove how Darwin’s theory of evolution works on a mathematical level.
For years it has been received wisdom among most scientists that, just as Darwin claimed, all of the Earth’s life-forms evolved by blind chance. But does Darwin’s theory function on a purely mathematical level? Has there been enough time for evolution to produce the remarkable biological diversity we see around us? It’s a question no one has yet answered—in fact, no one has even attempted to answer it until now.
In this illuminating and provocative book, Gregory Chaitin argues that we can’t be sure evolution makes sense without a mathematical theory. He elucidates the mathematical scheme he’s developed that can explain life itself, and examines the works of mathematical pioneers John von Neumann and Alan Turing through the lens of biology. Chaitin presents an accessible introduction to metabiology, a new way of thinking about biological science that highlights the mathematical structures underpinning the biological world. Fascinating and thought-provoking, Proving Darwin makes clear how biology may have found its greatest ally in mathematics.
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While the overarching philosophical ideas about methodology were understandable...The downside is that it is really only going to appeal to those with an active interest in math, science and/or evolution.Read Full Review of Proving Darwin
...for the time beings it still needs to be proven that programs (or artificial life) is able to evolve...no deep insights have been given which was disappointing.Read Full Review of Proving Darwin
...Chaitin needs to remember what made his development of algorithmic information theory so successful...Make sure that your formal approach can at least express some of the questions a biologist would want to ask.Read Full Review of Proving Darwin
Chaitin knows the history of computers, and compares modern, artificial sortware to DNA's ancient, natural software as few others do. Recommended!Read Full Review of Proving Darwin
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