Gregory Chaitin to Speak at UMaine on Metabiology: Programming Without a Programmer

The School of Computing and Information Science at the University of Maine is very pleased to announce that on Monday, February 25, 2013, Gregory Chaitin will be speaking at the University of Maine in room 117 DP Corbett Hall at 2:10 PM.



Programming without a Programmer

Darwin’s theory of evolution has been described as design without a designer. Instead we study programming without a programmer, that is, the evolution of randomly mutating software. In other words, we propose a toy model of evolution that can be studied mathematically: the new field of metabiology, which deals with randomly evolving artificial software (computer programs) instead of randomly evolving natural software (DNA).

Gregory Chaitin is well known for his work on metamathematics and for the celebrated number Ω, which shows that God plays dice in pure mathematics. He has published many books on such topics, including “Meta Math! The Quest for Omega.” His latest book, “Proving Darwin: Making Biology Mathematical,” attempts to create a mathematical theory of evolution and biological creativity.
He is a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and an honorary professor at the University of Buenos Aires, and has honorary doctorates from the University of Cordoba in Argentina and the University of Maine in the United States. He is also a member of the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences (Brussels) and the Leibniz-Sozietät der Wissenschaften zu Berlin

The event is free and open to the public.