Lecturer: James F. Lynch
Office hours: TuTh
11:00AM-1:00PM and Wed 1:00PM-2:00PM
SYLLABUS 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.
GRADINGGrading will be based entirely on the reports
and participation in discussions and experiments with software. There will be no
exams or final.
- Steven Levy, The
Promised Land, in Artificial Life, Pantheon Books, New York (1992), pp.
- Arthur W. Burks,
Von Neumann's Self-Reproducing Automata, in Essays on Cellular
Automata, ed. A. W. Burks, University of Illinois Press, Urbana (1970),
Richard Stark and William H. Hughes, Asynchronous Irregular Automata Nets: The
Path not Taken, BioSystems 55 (2000), pp. 107-117.
- Steven Levy,
Playing by the Rules, in Artificial Life, Pantheon Books, New York
(1992), pp. 47-83.
- Steven Levy,
Garage-Band Science, in Artificial Life, Pantheon Books, New York
(1992), pp. 85-120.
- Christopher G.
Langton, Studying Artificial Life with Cellular Automata, Physica D 22
(1986), pp. 120-149.
Conferences and Workshops
Research Groups and Institutes
- Biologists can be divided into two classes: experimentalists who observe
things that cannot be explained, and theoreticians who explain things that
cannot be observed. - Aharon Katzir-Katchalsky
- [Ask] not what mathematics can do for biology but what biology can do for
mathematics. - Stanislaw M. Ulam, paraphrasing a famous remark of John F.
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSIONThursday September