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When Darwin explained evolution he made no attempt to answer the deeper question: what is life? Even a humble bacterium accomplishes things so amazing, so dazzling, that no human engineer can match it. Life looks like magic, its secrets cloaked by a shroud of impenetrable complexity. Huge advances in biology over the past decades have served only to deepen the mystery. But now an answer to the question is at hand, and it comes from a field of science so new and fast-moving that it lacks a name, a domain where computing, chemistry, quantum physics and nanotechnology meet. The link that interweaves them is information, not in the prosaic everyday sense, but as an abstract concept as important and profound as energy. The power of information to explain life and to unify biology with physics heralds a new scientific revolution poised to transform technology and medicine, and to answer the age-old question of whether or not we are alone in the universe.

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2020
'Cancer as a reversion to an ancestral phenotype.' with Kimberly J. Bussey in The Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology. Eds.: Bernhard Strauss, Marta Bertolaso, Ingemar Ernberg, Mina Bissell, MIT Press (in the press).
2019
'Cancer: a window on the past.' In The Architecture of Hope (second edition). Eds. Charles Jencks (in the press).
2019
With S. Paulson, A. Louis, and L. Walkowicz. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1432.1 (2018): 46-62.
2018
Joseph X. Zhou, Luis Cisneros, Theo Knijnenburg, Kalliopi Trachana, Paul Davies, Sui Huang (2018). Convergent Science: Physical Oncology. IOP Science. 
2017
with K. J. Bussey, L. Cisneros and C. H. Lineweaver, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(24), 6160-6162 (2017).
2017
From Matter to Life. With G.Ellis and S.I. Walker. Cambridge University Press (2017).
2017
with L. Cisneros, K. J. Bussey, A. J. Orr, M. Miocevic and C. H. Linweaver, PLoS ONE 12(4): e0176258 (2017). 
2016
'Informational architecture to characterize controllability of biological networks' with H. Kim and S.I. Walker, Proceedings of the Conference on Complex Systems, Amsterdam, 19-22 Sept. 2016
2016
with S. Walker, Reports on Progress in Physics 79: 102601 (2016).  
2016
'Quantifying non-trivial open-ended evolution reveals necessary and sufficient conditions' with A. Adams, H. Zenil, P.C.W. Davies and S.I. Walker. Proceedings of the Second Workshop on an Open-Ended Evolution held at Artificial Life XV, Cancun Mexico, July 2016.
2016
with S. Benner, C. Fernando, D. Queloz, M.J. Rees, S. Schneider and S. Shostak (2016).
2016
  ‘Information processing in biomolecular regulatory networks’ (2016). H. Kim and S.I.Walker. (2016).Find it here!
2016
 ‘The hard problem of life,’ with S.I. walker, in ‘From Matter to Life’ (eds. G.F.R. Ellis & S.I. Walker: Cambridge University Press). (2016).
2016
with S. I. Walker and H. Kim, Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci, 374(2063), (2016). 
2016
'A cosmic imperative: How easy is it for life to get started?' in Jim Al-Khalili (Ed.), Aliens, Picador (2016).
2015
with H. Kim and S. I. Walker, Journal of the Royal Society Interface 12(113), 20150944 (2015). 
2015
'The informational architecture of the cell' with S.I. Walker and H.J. Kim, Proceedings of the Conference on Complex Systems Sept. 2015, Tempe AZ.
2015
with A. Wu, Q. Zhang, G. Lambert, Z. Khin, R. A. Gatenby, H. Kim, N. Pourmand, K. Bussey, J. C. Sturm, R. H. Austin, Proceedings of National Academy Sciences, 112(33), 10467-10472 (2015).
2015
‘Afterward,’ in Douglas Vakoch and Matthew Dowd (Ed.), The Drake Equation, p. 298-310 (2015) 
2015
'Emergence of open-ended evolution in a minimalistic model of interactive cellular automata with global control' with A. Adams, H. Zenil and S.I. Walker, Proceedings of the Astrobiology Science Conference 2015: Habitability, Habitable Worlds and Life June 2015, Chicago.
2015
'Informational architecture of biological networks' with H. Kim and S.I. Walker, Proceedings of the Asrtobiology Science Conference 2015: Habitability, Habitable Worlds and Life June 2015, Chicago.
2015
  ‘Designed intelligence’, in John Brockman (Ed.), What to think about Machines that think, p. 29 (2015).
2015
in John Brockman (Ed.), This Idea Must Die: Harper Perennial, p. 234 (2015).
2015
by Nancy Ellen Abrams, Boston: Beacon Press (2015).
2014
in  Daniele C. Struppa and Jeffrey M. Tollaksen (Ed.), Quantum Theory: a Two-Time Success Story: Yakir Aharonov Festschrift, Springfield, p. 101 (2014).
2014
‘Self-referencing cellular automata: A model of the evolution of information control in biological systems,’ with T.P. Pavlic, A.M. Adams and S.I. Walker, Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, (2014).
2014
Golden Jubilee Lectures of the India International Centre, 2012

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