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The Physics of Open Ended Evolution

Abstract What makes living systems different than non-living ones? Unfortunately this question is impossible to answer, at least currently. Instead, we must face computationally tangible questions based on our current understanding of physics, computation, information, and biology. Yet we have few insights into how living systems might quantifiably differ from their non-living counterparts, as in a mathematical foundation to explain away our observations of biological evolution, emergence, innovation, and organization. The development of a theory of living systems, if at all possible, demands a mathematical understanding of how data generated by complex biological systems changes over time. In addition, this theory ought to be broad enough as to not... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Adams, Alyssa Michelle (Author) / Walker, Sara I (Advisor) / Davies, Paul CW (Committee member) / Pavlic, Theodore P (Committee member) / Chamberlin, Ralph V (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Physics / Biology / Information science / Biology / Cellular Automata / Complex Systems / Dynamic Systems / Emergence / Evolution
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 236 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Physics 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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