- Hardcover: 446 pages
- Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (June 11, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155860605X
- ISBN-13: 978-1558606050
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.7 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,926,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Evolutionary Design by Computers Hardcover – June 11, 1999
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Evolutionary Design by Computers is a collection of essays that describe recent research into "evolutionary" computing, where computers mimic the strategies of biological evolution to solve problems in architecture, engineering, art, and artificial life. Peter Bentley's excellent introduction to the current state of evolutionary design quickly orients readers to the field. Bentley shows that no matter how various practitioners identify themselves, they are united in applying the principals of Darwinism to computer algorithms.
The collection includes several theoretical essays that discuss the relationship of computer-driven design to human innovation. A section on evolutionary designs furnishes several case studies on real applications of these techniques--specifically, engineering problems for designing satellite booms, flywheels, and a reliability measurement for networks.
Among the contributions are essays on computer-art packages that make use of evolutionary algorithms. Programs such as Mutator and Forms show how anyone can use these evolutionary techniques. This discussion includes a survey of today's evolutionary art (evoart) packages, including several that are available on the Web.
The last part of the book covers artificial life, showcasing a program that evolves simple blocklike creatures that walk, swim, jump, and even compete with each another--a program that has obvious applications for robotics. The final sections examine additional real-world applications of evolutionary design techniques for architecture (for designing tables and hospital floor plans) and electrical engineering (specifically, analog circuits).
In all, Evolutionary Design by Computers provides an excellent introduction to one of today's most promising areas of computer science research for both specialists and general readers alike. --Richard Dragan
"Evolutionary Design By Computers offers an enticing preview of the future of computer-aided design: Design by Darwin."
Lawrence J. Fogel, President, Natural Selection, Inc.
"Evolutionary design by computers is the major revolution in design thinking of the 20th century and this book is the best introduction available."
Professor John Frazer, Swire Chair and Head of School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Author of "An Evolutionary Architecture"
"Peter Bentley has assembled and edited an important collection of papers that demonstrate, convincingly, the utility of evolutionary computation for engineering solutions to complex problems in design."
David B. Fogel, Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation
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As a registered professional engineer, I feel comfortable stamping designs derived via evolutionary computation since they must satisfy the physics of the problem in order to be feasible.
I found this book prepares both the practitioner and researcher for this field. The book comes with a CD that contains many web addresses and source code to various application programs which is very valuable resource and time saver.
This is an excellent resource in Genetic Algorithms and Design. I recommend this book highly.