The capricious character of nature

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Annila , A & Keto , J 2012 , ' The capricious character of nature ' , Life , vol. 2 , no. 1 , pp. 165-169 .

Title: The capricious character of nature
Author: Annila, Arto; Keto, Jaana
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Physics
Date: 2012
Language: eng
Number of pages: 5
Belongs to series: Life
ISSN: 2075-1729
Abstract: The on-going whole genome sequencing and whole cell assays of metabolites and proteins imply that complex systems could ultimately be mastered by perfecting knowledge into great detail. However, courses of nature are inherently intractable because flows of energy and their driving forces depend on each other. Thus no data will suffice to predict precisely the outcomes of e.g., engineering experiments. All path-dependent processes, most notably evolution in its entirety, display this capricious character of nature.
Subject: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
free energy
natural selection

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