Avner Magen Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Bernard Chazelle, Princeton University
Title: Why Algorithms Are Poised to Become the Language of the Living World
Just as physics speaks the language of mathematics, the new sciences of the 21st century speak the language of algorithms. The difference lies in the high descriptive complexity of the systems commonly found in social and biological organisms. While history plays virtually no role in physics, it is the distinguishing feature of the living world. Algorithms provide not only the expressivity needed to model complex living systems but also the analytical tools for their analyses. This (self-contained) talk will illustrate the power of "natural algorithms" by examining broad families of agent-based systems for which algorithmic tools can do what differential equations cannot.
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