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Artificial Chemistries

Wolfgang Banzhaf and Lidia Yamamoto


The field of Artificial Life (ALife) is now firmly established in the scientific world, but it has yet to achieve one of its original goals: an understanding of the emergence of life on Earth. The new field of Artificial Chemistries draws from chemistry, biology, computer science, mathematics, and other disciplines to work toward that goal. For if, as it has been argued, life emerged from primitive, prebiotic forms of self-organization, then studying models of chemical reaction systems could bring ALife closer to understanding the origins of life. In Artificial Chemistries (ACs), the emphasis ... More

Keywords: Artificial Chemistry, Artificial Life, Chemical computing, Chemical organization theory, Constructive system, Dynamical system, Evolution, Origin of life, Rewriting system, Self-organization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780262029438
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029438.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wolfgang Banzhaf, author

Lidia Yamamoto, author