Information, The Hidden Side of Life [electronic resource] / Gaucherel, Cédric
- Gaucherel, Cédric
- Wiley-ISTE, 2019.
- 1st edition
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (212 pages)
- Additional Creators:
- Gouyon, Pierre-Henri, Dessalles, Jean-Louis, and Safari Books Online (Firm)
- 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.
- 9781786304247 and 9781119579359
- Digital File Characteristics:
- text file
- Reproduction Note:
- Electronic reproduction. Boston, MA : Safari, Available via World Wide Web. 2019.
- Technical Details:
- Mode of access: World Wide Web.
- Copyright Note:
- Copyright © 2019 by John Wiley & Sons 2019
- Issuing Body:
- Made available through: Safari, an O'Reilly Media Company.
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