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Evolution, Complexity, Information Theory & Entropy: Background Reading

Background Reading

Lotka, Alfred James. Elements of Physical Biology. Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins, 1925.

Von Neuman, John. transl by Robert T. Beyer. Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1932. reprint New York: Dover Publications [c1956].

Weaver, Warren and Shannon, Claude E. A mathematical theory of communication. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1949.

Blum, Harold Francis. Time's Arrow and Evolution. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1951.

Shrodinger, Erwin. What is Life? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1955.

Elsasser, Walter M. The Physical Foundation of Biology; an analytical study. London: Pergamon, 1958.

Quastler, Henry. The Emergence of Biological Organization. New Haven CT: Yale University Press, 1964.

Williams, George Christopher. Adaptation and Natural Selection; a critique of some current evolutionary thought. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1966.

MacKay, Donald M. Information, Mechanism and Meaning. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1969.

Monod, Jacques. Chance and Necessity. New York: Knopf, 1971.

Gatlin, Lila L. Information Theory and the Living System. New York: Columbia University Press [1972].

Orgel, Leslie E. The Origins of Life: Molecules and Natural Selection. New York: John Wiley, 1973.

Miller, Stanley L. and Leslie E. Orgel. The Origins of Life on Earth. Eaglewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1974.

Calow, Peter. Biological Machines : a cybernetic approach to life. London: Edward Arnold, 1976.

Prigogine, Ilya. "Time, structure, and fluctuations" (1978)

Hamming, R. W. Coding and Information Theory. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, l980.

Kimura, M. The Neutral Theory of Molecular Evolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983.

Thaxton, Charles B., Walter L. Bradley, Roger L. Olsen. The Mystery of Life's Origin. Dallas, TX: Lewis and Stanley, 1984.

Cairns-Smith, A. G. Seven Clues to the Origin of Life. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Dyson, Freeman. The Origins of Life. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985; 2nd ed, 1999.

Maynard-Smith, John. The Problems of Biology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Shapiro, Robert. Origins: A Skeptic's Guide to the Creation of Life on Earth. New York: Summit Books, 1986.

Penrose, Roger. The Emperor's New Mind. New York: Penguin, 1989.

Maxwell's Demon : Entropy, information, computing. Harvey S. Leff and Andrew F. Rex (eds). Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990.

Küppers, Bernd-Olaf. Information and the Origin of Life. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1990.

Ponnamperuma, Cyril and F. R. Eirich (eds). Prebiological Self-Organization of Matter. Hampton, VA: A. Deepak, 1990.

De Duve,Christian. Blueprint for a Cell:The Nature and Origin of Life. Burlington, NC: Patterson, 1991.

T. M. Cover and J. A. Thomas. Elements of Information Theory New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1991.

Yockey, Hubert P. Information Theory and Molecular Biology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Morowitz, H. J. Beginnings of Cellular Life: Metabolism Recapitulates Biogenesis. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1992.

Ponnamperuma, Cyril and Julian Chela-Flores. Chemical Evolution: Origin of Life. Proceedings of the Trieste Conference on Chemical Evolution and the Origin of Life, 26-30 October, 1992. Hampton, VA: A Deepak, 1993.

ReMine, Walter James. The Biotic Message. Saint Paul, MN: St. Paul Science, 1993.

Kauffman, Stuart A. The Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Salthe, Stanley N. Development and Evolution : Complexity and Change in Biology. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1993.

Deamer, David W. and Gail R. Fleischaker. Origins of Life: The Central Concepts. Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 1994.

Senapathy, Periannan. Independent Birth of Organisms. Madison, WI: Genome Press, 1994.

Chela-Flores, Julian; Mohindra Chadha, Alicia Negron-Mendoza, and Tairo Oshima (eds). Chemical Evolution: Self-organization of the Macromolecules of Life. Proceedings of the Trieste Conference on Chemical Evolution and the Origin of Life, 25-29 October 1993. Hampton, VA: A. Deepak, 1995.

Depew, D.J. and B.H. Weber. Darwinism Evolving: Systems Dynamics and the Genealogy of Natural Selection.Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995. li>Holland, John H. Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity. Reading, MA: Perseus Books, 1995.

Langton, Christopher G. Artificial Life: An Overview. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995.

Kauffman, Stuart A. At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

De Duve, Christian Rene. Vital Dust: Life as a Cosmic Imperative. New York: Basic Books, 1995.

Osawa, Syozo. Evolution of the Genetic Code. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Margulis, Lynn and D. Sagan. 'What is Life'.London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1995.

Rizzoti, Martino (ed.) Defining Life: The central problem in theoretical biology. Padova: University Padova, 1996.

Zubay, Geoffrey. Origins of Life on the Earth and in the Cosmos. New York: WCB/McGraw Hill, 1996.

Behe, Michael J. Darwin's Black Box. New York: The Free Press/Simon and Schuster, 1996.

Chela-Flores, Julian and Francois Raulin. Chemical Evolution: Physics of the Origins and Evolution of Life, Proceedings of the 4th Trieste Conference on Chemical Evolution, Trieste, Italy, 4-8 September 1995 (Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996.

Eigen, Manfred and Ruthild Winkler-Oswatitsch. Steps Toward Life: A Perspective on Evolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Hameroff, S.R.; Kaszniak, A.W. and Scott, A.D. Toward a Science of Consciousness –– The First Tucson Discussions and Debates. Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 1996.

Adami, Christoph. Artificial Life. New York: Springer-Telos, 1998.

Skjeltorp, A.T. and Vicsek, T. (eds). Complexity from microscopic to macroscopic scales: coherence and large deviations. Boston: Kluwer, 2002.

Dembski, William A. The Design Inference. in: Cambridge Studies in Probability, Induction, and Decision Theory. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Lahav, Noam. Biogenesis: Theories of Life's Origin. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Brack, Andre. The Molecular Origins of Life: Assembling the Pieces of the Puzzle. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Gross, Michael. Life on the Edge. New York: Plenum Press, 1998.

Maynard-Smith, John. Shaping Life: Genes, Embryos, and Evolution. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1998; New Haven CT: Yale University Press, 1999.

Ferris, James P. (ed.) Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere, Papers presented at the 1996 ISSOL Meeting in Orleans, France. October 1998. Volume 28, Nos.4-6. Boston: Kluwer, 1998.

Medhurst, Martin J. and John Angus Campbell (eds.)Rhetoric & Public Affairs Vol 1 No 4 Winter 1998 (Entire issue). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

Hoyle, Fred. Mathematics of Evolution. Memphis, TN: Acorn Enterprises, 1999.

Maynard-Smith, John and Eors Szathmary. The Origins of Life: From the Birth of Life to the Origins of Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Gesteland, R. F., Cech, T. R. & J F. Atkins (eds.) The RNA World. Plainview, NY: 2nd ed. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 1999.

Loewenstein, Werner R. The Touchstone of Life: Molecular Information, Cell Communication, and the Foundations of Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Kuhn, Hans and Horst-Dieter Forsterling. Principles of Physical Chemistry pp 880-921; see also p 953. London: Wiley, 1999.

Palyi, Gyula; Claudia Zucchi, and Luciano Caglioti (eds.) Advances in BioChirality. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1999.

Berlinski, David. The Advent of the Algorithm: the Idea That Rules the World. New York: Harcourt, 2000.

Fry, Iris. The Emergence of Life on Earth: A Historical and Scientific Overview. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2000.

Sole, Richard and Brian Goodwin. Signs of Life: How Complexity Pervades Biology. New York: Basic Books/Persius, 2000.

Kauffman, Stuart A. Investigations. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Beatty, Michael J., McCroskey, James C. and Valencic, Kristin Marie. The biology of communication : a communibiological perspective. Cresskill, N.J.: Hampton Press, 2001.

Chaisson, Eric. Cosmic evolution: the rise of complexity in nature. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2001.

Fraústo da Silva, J. J. R. and R. J. P. Williams. The Biological Chemistry of Life. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Palyi, Gyula; Claudia Zucchi, and Luciano Caglioti (eds.) Fundamentals of Life. Paris: Elsevier, 2002.

Dembski, William A. No Free Lunch. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2002.

Harris, Henry. Things Come to Life: Spontaneous Generation Revisited. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Schopt, J. William (ed.) Life's Origin: The Beginnings of Biological Evolution. Ewing, NJ: University of of California Press, 2002.

Mark Pagel (ed). Encyclopedia of Evolution. 2 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Bocchi, Gianluca and Ceruti, Mauro. The narrative universe. Cresskill, N.J.: Hampton Press, 2002.

Dembski, William A. No free lunch : why specified complexity cannot be purchased without intelligence. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002. 

Lässig, M. and Valleriani, A. Biological evolution and statistical physics. Berlin; New York: Springer, 2002 

Morowitz, Harold J. The emergence of everything: how the world became complex. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.  

Daniel P. Sheehan. Quantum limits to the second law : First International Conference on Quantum Limits to the Second Law. San Diego, California, 28-31 July 2002. 

Fenchel, Tom. Origin and Early Evolution of Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Barbieri, Marcello. The Organic Codes: An Introduction to Semantic Biology. Cambridge:Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Avery, John. Information theory and evolution. River Edge, N.J.: World Scientific Pub, 2003.

Bird, Richard J. Chaos and life : complexity and order in evolution and thought. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003. 

Crutchfield, James P. and Schuster, Peter. Evolutionary dynamics : exploring the interplay of selection, accident, neutrality, and function. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. 

Gánti, Tibor. Chemoton theory. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2003. 

Goldman, Ralph Morris. From DNA to culture: the synthesis principle in human development. Philadelphia, PA: Xlibris, 2003.

Gregersen, Niels Henrik (ed). From complexity to life: on the emergence of life and meaning. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press,2003.  

Grossinger, Richard. Embryos, galaxies, and sentient beings: how the universe makes life. Berkeley, Calif: North Atlantic Books, 2003.  

National Research Council. Committee on the Origins and Evolution of Life, National Research Council. Space Studies Board and National Research Council. Board on Life Sciences. Life in the universe : an assessment of the U.S. and international programs in astrobiology. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2003.

Svishchuk, A. V. and Wu, Jianhong. Evolution of biological systems in random media: limit theorems and stability, Dordrecht ; Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003.

Pagel, Mark D. Encyclopedia of evolution. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press E-92, 2004.

Weiss, Kenneth M. and Buchanan, Anne. Genetics and the logic of evolution. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Liss, 2004.

Yockey, Hubert P. Information theory, evolution, and the origin of life. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.