Publication 2018 : An Edited Book

Life Sciences, Information Sciences

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Thierry GAUDIN, Dominique LACROIX, Marie-Christine MAUREL, Jean-Charles POMEROL (ed.)

Developed from presentations given at the Cerisy SVSI (Sciences de la vie, sciences de l'information) conference held in 2016, this book presents a broad overview of thought and research at the intersection of life sciences and information sciences.
The contributors to this edited volume explore life and information on an equal footing, with each considered as crucial to the other. In the first part of the book, the relation of life and information in the functioning of genes, at both the phylogenetic and ontogenetic levels, is articulated and the common understanding of DNA as code is problematized from a range of perspectives. The second part of the book homes in on the algorithmic nature of information, questioning the fit between life and automaton and the accompanying division between individualization and invariance.
Consisting of both philosophical speculation and ethological research, the explorations in this book are a timely intervention into prevailing understandings of the relation between information and life.

Publication of Cerisy Symposiums (2016) [For more information]
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Publisher : ISTE Ltd // John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Collection : Digital Culture & the Information Age

ISBN : 978-1-786-30243-4

Length : 400 p.

Illustrations : Black & White

Price : 165.00 USD

Publication Date : 2018

Biology, Epigenetic, Evolution, Genetic, Individuation, Information Science, Interaction, Life, Life Sciences, Origins


Selection of Publications



The Emergence of Life : Some Notes on the Origin of Biological Information, by Antonio LAZCANO

Fluctuating RNA, Giuseppe ZACCAI, by Marie-Christine MAUREL & Ada YONATH

Artificial Darwinian Evolution of Nucleic Acids, by Frédéric DUCONGÉ

Information and Epigenetics, by András PÁLDI

Molecular Forces and Motion in the Transmission of Information in Biology, by Giuseppe ZACCAI

Decline and Contingency, Bases of Biological Evolution, by Bernard DUJON

Conservation, Co-evolution and Dynamics: From Sequence to Function, by Alessandra CARBONE

Localization of the Morphodynamic Information in Amniote Formation, by Vincent FLEURY

From the Century of the Gene to that of the Organism : Introduction to New Theoretical Perspectives, by Maël MONTÉVIL, Giuseppe LONGO & Ana SOTO

The Game of Survival, Chance and Complexity, by Philippe KOURILSKY

Life from the Origins to Homo sapiens, by Jean FOURTAUX

Plankton Chronicles and the Tara Expeditions, by Christian SARDET

The Living Species is Not a Natural Kind but an Intellectual Construction, by Philippe GRANDCOLAS

The Boxes and their Content : What to Do with Invariants in Biology ?, by Guillaume LECOINTRE

Probability, Sense and Evolution (Promenade), by Cédric VILLANI


Towards an Algorithmic Approach to Life Sciences, by Gérard BERRY

Where Does the Notion of Function Come From ?, by Heinz WISSMANN

The Contribution of Artificial Life to Theoretical Biology, by Hugues BERSINI

Biochemical Programs and Analog-Digital Mixed Algorithms in the Cell, by François FAGES & Guillaume LE GULUDEC

From Computational Physics to the Origins of Life, by A. Marco SAITTA

Computing and the Temptation of Babel, by Kavé SALAMATIAN

Big Data, Knowledge and Biology, by Giuseppe LONGO & Maël MONTÉVIL

Natural Language, Formal Language and the Description of the Living World, by Régine VIGNES LEBBE

Vital Individuation and Morphogenetic Information, by Vincent BONTEMS

How to Account for Interspecies Socio-cultural Phenomena ? An Evolutionist and Interactionist Model, by Dominique GUILLO

Life : A Simplex Whirlwind between Matter, Energy and Information, by Jean-Claude BARREY

Nutritional Interactions through the Living : from Individuals to Societies and Beyond, by Mathieu LIHOREAU

Epigenetic Regulation of Protein Biosynthesis by Scale Resonance : Study of the Reduction of ESCA Effects on Vines in Field Applications – Summary 2016, by Pedro FERRANDIZ, Michel DUHAMEL & Joël STERNHEIMER

Quantum and Multiverse Inflation, by Michel CASSÉ

Reontologization of the World and of Life, by Jean-Gabriel GANASCIA

Redesigning Life, a Serious and Credible Research Agenda ?, by Bernadette BENSAUDE VINCENT

Transhumanism and the Future of Negation, by Jean-Michel BESNIER

List of Authors


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