Towards a Theory of Life
In this paper, I set out the contributions made by some European biologists, as well as other more heterodox ones, to the recent development of theoretical thinking in biology. Theoretical biology is a relatively new discipline when compared with theoretical physics, in part because the formal languages of logic and computing which it uses have only emerged recently. Finally, I suggest that in order to build a theory of life we need to combine a cell theory based on a proper description of the laws that map the genotype in the phenotype and vice versa with the laws of evolution. Only then will we be able to properly explain the transformation and complexity of living things.
KeywordsCellular Automaton Biological Entity Theoretical Biology Modern Biology Modern Logic
This paper has been supported by the European Union’s ST-FLOW and SYMBIOMICS projects, the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness’s SAF2012-31187 project and the Regional Government of Valencia’s Prometeo II/2014/065 project.
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