FALL 2006

Lecturer: James F. Lynch
Office: SC-381
Telephone: 268-2374
Office hours: TuTh 11:00AM-1:00PM and Wed 1:00PM-2:00PM
Lecture hours:TuTh 9:30AM-10:45AM, SC-342
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We will read and discuss a collection of articles from scientific journals and chapters from books. For the most part, we will all read each article and discuss it during class,although I may occasionally ask an individual student to give a lecture, and we may have some guest lecturers. In any event, I will require each student to turn in (by email or paper) a short report on each article before the class in which it will be discussed.

We may examine some systems biology software, and some students may develop software related to the course and report on it.


Grading will be based entirely on the reports and participation in discussions and experiments with software. There will be no exams or final.


  1. Steven Levy, The Promised Land, in Artificial Life, Pantheon Books, New York (1992), pp. 11-46.
  2. Arthur W. Burks, Von Neumann's Self-Reproducing Automata, in Essays on Cellular Automata, ed. A. W. Burks, University of Illinois Press, Urbana (1970), pp. 3-64.
  3. W. Richard Stark and William H. Hughes, Asynchronous Irregular Automata Nets: The Path not Taken, BioSystems 55 (2000), pp. 107-117.
  4. Steven Levy, Playing by the Rules, in Artificial Life, Pantheon Books, New York (1992), pp. 47-83.
  5. Steven Levy, Garage-Band Science, in Artificial Life, Pantheon Books, New York (1992), pp. 85-120.
  6. Christopher G. Langton, Studying Artificial Life with Cellular Automata, Physica D 22 (1986), pp. 120-149.



Conferences and Workshops


Research Groups and Institutes




Thursday September 7
Tuesday September 12
Tuesday September 26