Book Description

From Publishers Weekly Writing primarily for readers with backgrounds in science, Levy focuses on the conceptual edge that artificial-life research defines. Photos. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more From Library Journal The effort to create artificial life is occurring primarily within computer science, although it brings together physicists, microbiologists, mathematicians, ethologists, and others in addition to computer scientists. The computer's ability to simulate system development is being generalized to study evolution and reproduction. Neural networks, while also used for applications other than artificial life simulation, are the primary form considered. As in his earlier book on computer hackers ( Hackers , LJ 11/1/84), Levy paints vivid images of the people involved in this work and puts a lot of effort into explanation of technical details, but this book is not easy reading. (None of the notes or figures were seen.) For larger specialized science collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/92.- Hilary D. Burton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, Cal.Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. Read more See all Editorial Reviews