Information Theory and Molecular Biology

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9780521359030: Information Theory and Molecular Biology

Dr. Yockey presents an introduction to the use of information theory in molecular biology. The book lends to molecular biology a well-developed mathematical foundation and provides mathematical definitions for the vocabulary with which basic questions in molecular biology are debated: information, complexity, order, uncertainty, randomness, and similarity.

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Information Theory, Evolution and the Origin of Life presents a timely introduction to the use of information theory and coding theory in molecular biology. The genetical information system, because it is linear and digital, resembles the algorithmic language of computers. George Gamow pointed out that the application of Shannon's information theory breaks genetics and molecular biology out of the descriptive mode into the quantitative mode and Dr Yockey develops this theme, discussing how information theory and coding theory can be applied to molecular biology. He discusses how these tools for measuring the information in the sequences of the genome and the proteome are essential for our complete understanding of the nature and origin of life. The author writes for the computer competent reader who is interested in evolution and the origins of life.

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Hubert Yockey is the author of Information Theory and Molecular Biology (1992).

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