The Fire of Life
published: March 27, 2017, recorded: March 2017, views: 310
Report a problem or upload filesIf you have found a problem with this lecture or would like to send us extra material, articles, exercises, etc., please use our ticket system to describe your request and upload the data.
Enter your e-mail into the 'Cc' field, and we will keep you updated with your request's status.
Greek mythology talks about Prometheus who stole fire from heaven to animate his clay men. My central conjecture is that what Prometheus stole was not fire but information in the form of Gibbs free energy. This resulted in our complex world, with zillions of molecules in the living cell to the billions of human individuals and countless living organisms that constitute our planet, all interacting in nonlinear and often unpredictable ways. In this talk I’ll explore a new way to connect the dots, from the life bringing free energy of the sun to the information stored and processed by the animate.
Where science has given us the limits and the laws that living systems obey, and Darwin has given us the conditions needed for life to thrive, what are then the rules of this information processing in natural systems? In this talk I explore a new way to connect the dots, from the life bringing free energy of the sun to the information stored and processed by the animate.
Professor Peter M. A Sloot is distinguished research professor and director of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at the UvA, a full professor and co-director of the Complexity Institute at the NTU Singapore and professor at the ITMO University, Russia.
Link this pageWould you like to put a link to this lecture on your homepage?
Go ahead! Copy the HTML snippet !