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Introduction to Artificial Life Corrected Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0387946467
ISBN-10: 0387946462
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Adami's book is extraordinarily important. It represents a true landmark in the new field of Artificial Life, and will find a wide readership, ranging from university students to professional researchers. -- Prof. Dr. Heinz G. Schuster, University of Kiel, Germany, Author of Deterministic Chaos: An Introduction.

The book is an interesting and worthwhile contribution of a physicist who is intrigued by the special features of living and evolving systems. But what makes this book remarkable is the intellectual approach that the author advocates for research and, in fact, provides as software. -- Science, 8 May 1998.

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This book and CD-ROM have been developed in a course taught at Caltech since 1995, and is based on Alife research conducted there. The courses are attended by an interdisciplinary group of students from backgrounds in physics,computer science and the computational neural sciences. The intended target audience is advanced undergraduate to beginning graduate students, who have mastered essential concepts of statistical physics, thermodynamics, and basic biology. Also, a familiarity with computer architectures and scientific computing is assumed. The subject matter represents an attempt to bring together the theoretical groundwork and an experimental platform necessary for understanding and testing ideas about the dynmaics of systems of self-replicating information, the most basic incarnation of life.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; Corrected edition (December 19, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387946462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387946467
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adami's book is the first comprehensive review of issues pertinent to the field of artificial life. The book is a textbook based on his lectures at CalTech. Some of the topics are a bit brief (Turing machines are summarized in four pages) but that is to be expected for a book whose goal is to integrate concepts from the fields of biology, chemistry, statistics, computer science, information science, etc. I found the book fascinating and Chris includes a CD-rom and several chapters on the Avida simulation developed at CalTech. There are numerous references and problems at the end of each chapter.
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Adami demonstrates how to use the tools of artificial life to conduct pure scientific research. A very clear and readable textbook on the subject, Adami makes me want to go back to graduate school. Here is a chance to take an introductory course in an exciting field of research that is truely table-top science. I loved the book and I didn't even use the CD and software that came with it.
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This is the ONLY book I have seen which brings together all the many and various strands which are essential to the exciting new subjects arising currently around the question: What is Life? It is a stunning tour de force of the basic knowledge you need to possess to work in the areas of A-life or biological complexity.
I should warn: it's not a book I could read through in an afternoon, by any means. At times the descriptions are a little cryptic, so that I had to work at understanding what was being said. But the effort I had to put in was always rewarded with greater understanding. Thank you, Chris Adami.
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I bought this book to understand the mathematics and physics in A-Life and Complexity. Instead I found this book very long winded and difficult to comprehend exactly what was trying to be said. The content and layout of the book is great, just wish a better writer had been the author of this book. Lots of fancy, big words that are not needed to get the basic points across. Very hard to understand what is being said. It takes smarts and skill to explain complicated, abstract ideas in a meaningful manner. This book does not do that. I wish it did!
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"ADAMI'S BOOK IS EXTRAORDINARILY IMPORTANT.
It represents a true landmark in the new field of Artificial Life,
and will find a wide readership,
ranging from university students to professional researchers."
- Prof. Dr. Heinz G. Schuster,
University of Kiel,
Germany
Author of Deterministic Chaos: An Introduction
[from the back cover]
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