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Genetics aboard relativistic spaceships

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Abstract

This chapter was born out of the need to merge two topics apparently unrelated thus far, namely:
  1. (i)

    the theory of relativistic interstellar flight; and

     
  2. (ii)

    the stochastic processes of genetics.

     
Their unification is achieved by virtue of the notion of time-rescaled Brownian motion that embodies both time rescaling, typical of relativity, and Brownian motion, typical of the stochastic processes of genetics. Though the mathematics involved is not difficult, to set out the calculations in detail would require too much space. Thus, the main lines of thought only have been highlighted.

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