Darwin’s work on the theory of evolution is one of the most established and confirmed theories, but at the same time it is one of the most discussed theories as well. In his book “Proving Darwin: Making Biology Mathematical” Gregory Chaitin discusses evolution from a unique mathematical point of view. It’s a really unique book in that sense and that’s exactly why it caught my attention. The book is coming out on 8th of May, so I thought I would write a short preview as it looks quite promising.
- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Pantheon (May 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375423141
- ISBN-13: 978-0375423147
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
About the Author
Gregory Chaitin is an Argentine-American honorary professor at the University of Buenos Aires and has an honorary doctorate from the National University of Cordoba, the oldest university in Argentina. Chaitin is widely known for his work on metamathematics and for his discovery of the celebrated Omega number, which proved the fundamental unknowability of math. Gregory Chaitin is an author of many popular books on mathematics, including “Meta Math!: The Quest for Omega“, “Exploring Randomness” and “Conversations with a Mathematician“.
In this brand new book, Gregory Chaitin argues that we can’t be sure evolution makes sense without a mathematical theory. He elucidates the mathematical scheme he’s developed that can explain life itself, and examines the works of mathematical pioneers John von Neumann and Alan Turing through the lens of biology. Chaitin presents an accessible introduction to metabiology, a new way of thinking about biological science that highlights the mathematical structures underpinning the biological world. Fascinating and thought-provoking, Proving Darwin makes clear how biology may have found its greatest ally in mathematics.
It’s a really interesting approach, but when you think about it makes perfect sense. After all, as Galileo Galilei once said – nature is written in the language of mathematics. You can find mathematics in the most surprising places in nature. It’s actually all around us in every sequence, every pattern and living beings as well. Natural selection is not an exception.It’s a phenomenon that is basically a game of numbers and odds. Chaitin, who is a well known mathematician, explores this mathematical side of natural selection with brand new insights.
Also check out this cool lecture by the author Gregory Chaiting where he discuses his views on metabiology.