Bernd-Olaf Küppers

Information and the Origin of Life

Foreword by Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker

The MIT Press, Cambridge/Mass. 1990

(German original 1986, reprinted 1990; Polish 1991; Japanese 1991)

237 pp.

ISBN 0-262-11142-X


This book takes up the question of the degree of interplay between chance and law in the evolution of life from the standpoint of the philosophy of science, emphasizing the contribution made by information theory.



Nobel laureate Sir John Kendrew

“This is an essential contribution toward the solution of one of the fundamental problems of biology“

Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker

“Scientifically, this theory seems to close a gap that is perhaps comparable to the geographical discovery of the North-West-passage north of America“

Gregory Chaitin

“It belongs to that handful of books, including Erwin Schrödinger’s 1944 classic ‘What is Life?’ that confront the most fundamental concepts of biology“