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Information Theory and Molecular Biology
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The academic world is divided into narrow compartments, each having its own methods, language, habits and gurus. Communication between them is made difficult by the lack of a common language so they most often ignore each other. When a concept from one of them eventually penetrates another one, it often assumes a superficial form which leads to misunderstandings. Although this may sometimes be better than plain ignorance, it results in rooting prejudices wrongly believed to hold true in other disciplines, and they live long for lack of proper internal criticism. Yockey is at the antipodes of this parochial system. His life-long efforts have been intended to convince biologists that information theory, a discipline originating in communication engineering, is the proper tool for dealing with molecular biology, hence should be at the heart of biology as a whole. He possesses to a high degree the needed didactic talents, as well as an extreme rigor in vocabulary and reasoning. Not only Yockey transcends disciplinary barriers, but also the famous divide between the 'two cultures'. His extremely broad scholarship is not purely scientific, but also historical, philosophical and literary. All chapters of the book bear in epigraph quotations from poets as well as from scientists or philosophers of all times, always wonderfully relevant to the subject matter. Similarly, many excellent quotations pepper the text.Read more ›
Dr. Yockey shows that DNA is the genetic information system that compares in almost every aspect with digital data manipulation. DNA represents a code, a program if you will in computer terms that directs life. It also provides for the replication of life, and its evolution into changing forms over time.
The book is aimed at the non-specialist. It is not a text, but a kind of narrative history of significant developments in biology at a fundamental level. There is some mathematics in the book, but it is not a requirement that this be totally understood. The math serves as a proof of the statements he is making.
The book includes a chapter 'Does evolution need an intelligent designer?' This has caused some 'intelligent designers' to use Dr. Yockey's work in support of their argument.
Dr. Yockey concludes however, that there are some things that we just don't know and that: 'The fact that there are many things unavailable to human knowledge and reasoning, even in mathematics, does not mean that there must be an Intelligent Designer.'
This is a very enjoyable book to read. It is well written and clearly shows an intelligent approach to the problem.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bring your calculus and probability and statistics books with you when you sit down to read this book. Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by WSV1975
About 7 years ago I waded into the huge subject of evolution and origin of life. As an electrical engineer I was quickly appalled at the confusion, the endless opining, indulgent... Read morePublished on November 21, 2011 by Perry Marshall
Just to give a taste of what Yockey's missing, I'd like to quote Stuart Kauffman from his "At Home in the Universe", "Life emerged, I suggest, not simple, but complex and whole,... Read morePublished on April 14, 2011 by C. Hitch
Hubert Yockey, in his book entitled "Information Theory, Evolution, and the Origin of Life", concludes that the Central Dogma proves that proteins can not have originated prior to... Read morePublished on February 5, 2008 by T. Stephens
This book, which is the long awaited follow-up to Information Theory and Molecular Biology, is another tour de force in a long history of such insights from Dr. Yockey. Read morePublished on December 6, 2006 by John Tomlinson
Readers should note that the two reviews below dated 1999 and 1998 are for Yockey's 1992 book, not this 2005 one. Read morePublished on October 12, 2005 by Occam's Aftershave