tani reviewed Artificial Life : A Report from the Frontier Where Computers Meet Biology on
A fascinating book, if you like scientific things. Part of it is about an experiment in which computer programmers set up a set of rules for some little digital "creatures" they had created, and then the creatures began to evolve, in a sense. It also explains things like the mechanism behind the way that birds keep in formation.
From the back cover:
This enthralling book alerts us to nothing less than the existence of new varieties of life. Some of these species can move and eat, see, reproduce, and die. Some behave like birds or ants...What these species have in common is that they exist inside computers, their DNA is digital..."Artificial Life" examines its subject's dizzying philosophical implications.
Book is clean, but has some underlining.