Conferences, Fourth International Conference "SCIENCE AND SCIENTIST – 2016"

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Information Theory and Living Organism
Sisir Roy, Ph.D., Nepal Banerjee

Date: 2016-08-26 05:15 PM – 05:45 PM
Last modified: 2016-08-17


Norbert Wiener and Claude Shannon introduced information theory independently in 1948. Shannon introduced it to quantify the amount of data that can be transmitted by communication devices. It causes considerable confusion when it was applied to biological system. This theory deals with the capacity of the system to transmit information, not with the meaning or content of the transmitted information. Here, in this paper, we make a critical analysis regarding the applicability of this information theory in molecular biology, gene and specificity and the origin of life. It raises the controversy between the reductionist and non-reductionist in the context of use of information theory in living organism.


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