A Universal Framework for Self-Replication

  • Bryant Adams
  • Hod Lipson
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2801)


Self-replication is a fundamental property of many interesting physical, formal and biological systems, such as crystals, waves, automata, and especially forms of natural and artificial life. Despite its importance to many phenomena, self-replication has not been consistently defined or quantified in a rigorous, universal way. In this paper we propose a universal, continuously valued property of the interaction between a system and its environment. This property represents the effect of the presence of such a system upon the future presence of similar systems. We demonstrate both analytical and computational analysis of self-replicability factors for three distinct systems involving both discrete and continuous behaviors.


Cellular Automaton Seed Crystal Artificial Life Evolution Rule Optical Packet 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bryant Adams
    • 1
  • Hod Lipson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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