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Information, the hidden side of life

Cédric Gaucherel, Pierre-Henri Gouyon, J-L. Dessalles
London, UK, ISTE Wiley, 2019, pp. 205

This book explores the unity of life. It proposes that the concept of information is the inner essence of what we today call life.

The importance of information for our species is obvious. Human beings are highly dependent on information, constantly exchanging with conspecifics. In a less apparent way, we are the product of genetic and epigenetic information which determines our development in a given environment from a fertilized egg to the adult stage. Even less apparent is that information plays a determining role in ecosystems. This observation may include the prebiotic systems in which life emerged.

Our claim is that Nature processes information continuously. This means that even beyond living entities, we can see messages and decoding procedures. Nature can be said to send messages to its own future and then to decode them. Nature “talks” to itself! The systematic organization of messages suggests that, in some respects, we should even speak of the “languages” of Nature.

Evolution, information, biologie
Published book
Research Area(s)
Life Sciences/Biodiversity/Populations and Evolution
Computer Science/Computational Complexity
Life Sciences/Ecology
Life Sciences/Ecology
Life Sciences/Genetics
DOI 978-1-78630-424-7
Bibliographic key jld-19020101
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on february 01, 2019 by Jean-Louis Dessalles

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