Short works

Books : reviews

James P. Crutchfield, Peter Schuster, eds.
Evolutionary Dynamics: exploring the interplay of selection, accident, neutrality, and function.
OUP. 2003

Today evolution is analyzed at very different levels, from paleontology to molecular biology and even computer science; from the commercial use of evolutionary drug design to the innovation of new and highly abstract mathematics. Nonetheless, common phenomena and common problems relate evolutionary behaviors as they appear in these different arenas. Examples include stepwise rather than gradual time courses of evolutionary adaptation, the role of selectively neutral variants in optimization, the destabilization of evolutionary memory as a function of parameters (error thresholds), the emergence of novel dynamical behaviors induced by finite populations, and the lack of a theory for genotype-phenotype relations and for emergent functionality. New paradigms and metaphors—such as self-organization, complex adaptive systems, phase transitions, and stochastic dynamical systems—will help to achieve progress and hopefully a new level of integration in analyzing these difficult problems. This book presents a wide range of research on these cross-cutting topics. The workshop out of which they came brought together physicists and computer scientists, on the one hand, and molecular, developmental, and macro-evolutionary biologists, on the other. The dialogue that emerges from the collection as a whole sheds new light on the richness and difficulty of evolutionary dynamics.


Dynamics of Evolutionary Processes. 2003
Niles Eldredge. The sloshing bucket: how the physical realm controls evolution. 2003
Gunther J. Eble. Developmental morphospaces and evolution. 2003
Stefan Bornholdt. The dynamics of large biological systems: a statistical physics view of macroevolution. 2003
Aviv Bergman, Marcus W. Feldman. On the population genetics of punctuation. 2003
James P. Crutchfield. When evolution is revolution. 2003
Sergey Gavrilets. Evolution and speciation in a hyperspace: the roles of neutrality, selection, mutation, and random drift. 2003
Peter Schuster. Molecular insights into evolution of phenotypes. 2003
Tomoko Ohta. The nearly neutral theory with special reference to interactions at the molecular level. 2003
Peter F. Stadler. Spectral landscape theory. 2003
Nigel Snoad, Martin Nilsson. Quasispecies evolution on dynamic fitness landscapes. 2003
Lionel Barnett. Recombination and bistability in finite populations. 2003
Guy Sella, Michael Lachmann. On the dynamic persistence of cooperation: how lower individual fitness induces higher survivability. 2003
Kristian Lindgren, Johann Johansson. Coevolution of strategies in n-person Prisoner's Dilemma. 2003
James P. Crutchfield, Melanie Mitchell, Rajarshi Das. Evolutionary design of collective computation in cellular automata. 2003