The Calculus of Life

Towards a Theory of Life

  • Andrés Moya

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Biology book series (BRIEFSBIOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Biology

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  3. Logic and Computing

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      Pages 31-31
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  4. The Cell and Evolution

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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 91-95

About this book


This book explores the exciting world of theoretical biology and is divided into three sections. The first section examines the roles played by renowned scientists such as Jacob, Monod, Rosen, Turing, von Bertalanffy, Waddington and Woodger in developing the field of theoretical biology. The second section, aided with numerous examples, supports the idea that logic and computing are suitable formal languages to describe and understand biological phenomena. The third and final section is, without doubt, the most intellectually challenging and endeavors to show the possible paths we could take to compute a cell - the basic unit of life - or the conditions required for a predictive theory of biological evolution; ultimately, a theory of life in the light of modern Systems Biology. The work aims to show that modern biology is closer than ever to making Goethe's dream come true and that we have reached a point where synthetic and analytical traditions converge to shed light on the living being as a whole.


Computing a Cell Synthetic Biology Systems Biology Theoretical Biology Theory of Evolution

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrés Moya
    • 1
  1. 1.Cavanilles Institute for Biodiversity and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of ValenciaValenciaSpain

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-16969-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-16970-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-2179
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-2187
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