Informação - a simplicidade escondida da biologia: mero acaso, fortuita necessidade ou design inteligente?

quarta-feira, março 03, 2021

The hidden simplicity of biology

Paul Davies, Sara Walker

Biodesign Institute CLAS-NS: Physics CLAS-NS: Beyond Center CLAS: Administration CLAS-NS: Earth and Space Exploration, School of (SESE)

Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-review


Life is so remarkable, and so unlike any other physical system, that it is tempting to attribute special factors to it. Physics is founded on the assumption that universal laws and principles underlie all natural phenomena, but is it far from clear that there are 'laws of life' with serious descriptive or predictive power analogous to the laws of physics. Nor is there (yet) a 'theoretical biology' in the same sense as theoretical physics. Part of the obstacle in developing a universal theory of biological organization concerns the daunting complexity of living organisms. However, many attempts have been made to glimpse simplicity lurking within this complexity, and to capture this simplicity mathematically. In this paper we review a promising new line of inquiry to bring coherence and order to the realm of biology by focusing on 'information' as a unifying concept.

Original languageEnglish (US)

Article number102601

JournalReports on Progress in Physics


Issue number10

StatePublished - Sep 9 2016

Access to Document


biological laws complexity emergence