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Evolution, self-assembly, and the theory of algorithmic complexity

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  • UserProf. A. A. Louis, Rudolph Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics
  • ClockThursday 12 February 2015, 13:45-15:00
  • HouseTheory Library.

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Evolution proceeds by random mutations which generate variation, which, in turn is acted on by natural selection. Most of evolutionary theory has focused on how natural selection affects variation in populations. In this talk I will instead ask what we can learn by how variation arises in a number of simple biophysical models of self-assembling systems. By applying concepts from algorithmic information theory, I will argue that variation is highly biased to produce certain outcomes over others, and that this may explain patterns observed in nature

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