Why Algorithms are Poised to Become the Language of the Living

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Why Algorithms are Poised to Become the Language of the Living
T H E F I E LDS INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN MAT H E M AT I C A L S C I E N C E S
AND
D E PA RTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE, UNIV E R S I T Y O F T O R O N T O
BERNARD CHAZELLE
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Avner Magen Memorial Lecture
Why Algorithms are Poised
to Become the Language
of the Living World
May 31, 2013 • 11:00 a.m.
FIELDS INS T I T U T E , 2 2 2 C O L L E G E S T R E E T
Just as physics speaks the language of mathematics, the new sciences of the 21st century speak the language of algorithms. The difference lies in the high descriptive complexity of the systems commonly found in social and biological organisms. While history plays
virtually no role in physics, it is the distinguishing feature of the living world. Algorithms
provide not only the expressivity needed to model complex living systems but also the
analytical tools for their analyses. This (self-contained) talk will illustrate the power of “natural algorithms” by examining broad families of agent-based systems for which algorithmic tools can do what differential equations cannot.
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