Information and Function

  • Hans Frauenfelder
Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)


If we want to build a low-cost computer, we buy components and build it. Three essential features are involved: (i) instructions for how to assemble, (ii) parts, and (iii) assembler. In a biological system, these components are also present, but the situation is more complex: The assembler must be part of the system, and the system must be self-reproducing. The structure of such a system is schematically shown in Fig. 2.1.


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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Frauenfelder
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  1. 1.Theory DivisionLos Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA

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