ITBio Magazine

By Chris Aldrich | A group of articles at the intersection of the disciplines of Information Theory and (Molecular) Biology. Including some articles on tangential subjects like complexity, dynamic system theory, cybernetics, evolution, quantum information theory, artificial life, computer science, and biophysics which relate to these topics.

📗 Started reading The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane

 Started reading pages 1-18 <i>Introduction: Why is Life the Way it is</i> in The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick …

Evolution

🔖 Quantum Information: What Is It All About? by Robert B. Griffiths | Entropy

This paper answers Bell’s question: What does quantum information refer to? It is about quantum properties represented by subspaces of the quantum …

Quantum Mechanics

Energy and Matter at the Origins of Life by Nick Lane | Santa Fe Institute

All living things are made of cells, and all cells are powered by electrochemical charges across thin lipid membranes — the ‘proton motive force.’ We …

👓 'A Sort of Everyday Struggle' | The Harvard Crimson

Women in Harvard's math department report a bevy of inequalities—from a discouraging absence of female faculty to a culture of "math bro" …

SFI and ASU to offer online M.S. in Complexity | Complexity Explorer

SFI and Arizona State University soon will offer the world’s first comprehensive online master’s degree in complexity science. It will be the …

Education

Spontaneous fine-tuning to environment in many-species chemical reaction networks

Significance A qualitatively more diverse range of possible behaviors emerge in many-particle systems once external drives are allowed to push the …

First Support for a Physics Theory of Life

Take chemistry, add energy, get life. The first tests of Jeremy England’s provocative origin-of-life hypothesis are in, and they appear to show how …

Entropy 2018: From Physics to Information Sciences and Geometry

14-16 May 2018; Auditorium Enric Casassas, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain<p>One of the most frequently used scientific …

Physics

📖 Read pages 16-55 of A Mind at Play by Jimmy Soni & Rob Goodman

 Read pages 16-55 of <i>A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age</i> by Jimmy Soni & Rob Goodman<p>Knowing that I’ve read a lot about …

Bioinformatics beta on Stack Exchange

Author: Chris Aldrich<p>I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal …

A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

The life and times of one of the foremost intellects of the twentieth century: Claude Shannon—the neglected architect of the Information Age, whose …

A Universal Theory of Life: Math, Art & Information by Sara Walker

Dr. Walker introduces the concept of information, then proposes that information may be a necessity for biological complexity in this …

TED Talks

Can entropy be defined for and the Second Law applied to the entire universe? by Arieh Ben-Naim

This article provides answers to the two questions posed in the title. It is argued that, contrary to many statements made in the literature, neither …

Space Science

The hidden simplicity of biology by Paul C W Davies and Sara Imari Walker

Life is so remarkable, and so unlike any other physical system, that it is tempting to attribute special factors to it. Physics is founded on the …

Biology

The "Hard Problem" of Life by Sara Imari Walker & Paul C.W. Davies

Chalmer's famously identified pinpointing an explanation for our subjective experience as the "hard problem of consciousness". He argued that …

Big History

The Algorithmic Origins of Life

The origin of life is arguably one of the greatest unanswered questions in science. A primary challenge is that without a proper definition for life …

Algorithms

Origins of Life: A Problem for Physics by Sara I. Walker

The origins of life stands among the great open scientific questions of our time. While a number of proposals exist for possible starting points in …

Biology

Can Darwinian Evolution Explain Lamarckism?

Answering three questions can help reveal how the “inheritance of acquired characteristic” fits into modern evolutionary theory.<p>Author: Chris …

Proceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016

The ALife conferences are the major meeting of the artificial life research community since 1987. For its 15th edition in 2016, it was held in Latin …

Changing Global Diets: the website | Eat This Podcast

A fascinating tool for exploring how, where and when diets evolve. Foodwise, what unites Cameroon, Nigeria and Grenada? How about Cape Verde, …

Complex Networks & Their Applications V

This book highlights cutting-edge research in the field of network science, offering scientists, researchers and graduate students a unique …

From Matter to Life: Information and Causality edited by SI Walker, PCW Davies, GFR Ellis

Recent advances suggest that the concept of information might hold the key to unravelling the mystery of life's nature and origin. Fresh insights …

An Introduction to Transfer Entropy: Information Flow in Complex Systems

This book considers a relatively new metric in complex systems, transfer entropy, derived from a series of measurements, usually a time series. After …

Biology as Information Dynamics talk by John Carlos Baez

I'm giving a talk at the Stanford Complexity Group this Thursday afternoon, April 20th. If you're around - like in Silicon Valley - please drop by! …

Reading The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu

 Read Loc 1-261 of 6508 of <i>The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires</i> by Tim Wu<p>So you think that you control what you read, watch, …

Hajime Narukawa's more representative AuthaGraph Map

An endless world map: Viewing the world through "Authagraph"<p>"Mr. Narukawa is the inventor of Authagraph, a world map designed to fit the world into a …

👓 A Conversation with @LPachter (BS '94) | Caltech

Linking Economic Complexity, Institutions and Income Inequality

A country's mix of products predicts its subsequent pattern of diversification and economic growth. But does this product mix also predict income …

Income Inequality

Irreversibility and Heat Generation in the Computing Process by R. Landauer

It is argued that computing machines inevitably involve devices which perform logical functions that do not have a single-valued inverse. This …