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Imitation of Life: How Biology is Inspiring Computing

By: Nancy Forbes

171 pages, 48 illus

MIT Press

Hardback | Jun 2004 | #144810 | ISBN: 0262062410
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Surveys the emerging field of biologically inspired computing, looking at some of the most impressive and influential examples. Forbes identifies three strains of biologically inspired computing: the use of biology as a metaphor or inspiration for the development of algorithms; the construction of information processing systems that use biological materials or are modeled on biological processes, or both; and the effort to understand how biological organisms "compute", or process information.

...A whirlwind history, richer even than its subtitle suggests. John Doyle and Marie Csete Nature "...Forbes [is] an expert guide to the hottest research in a potentially revolutionary area of technology." Gilbert Taylor Booklist "Though the text is clearly written, it offers a lot of technical information. Recommended..." Susan B. Hagloch Library Journal

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Nancy Forbes works as a science and technology analyst for the federal government. She has advanced degrees both in physics and the humanities, and has served as a contributing editor for The Industrial Physicist and Computing in Science and Engineering.

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