Prof. Bernard Chazelle (Princeton University)
Tuesday, 23.4.2013, 14:30
The glory of 20th century physics was in many ways
the triumph of mathematics. Lacking the requisite symmetries,
the life sciences of today are unlikely to witness a repeat of this
miraculous match. Unlike electromagnetism, for example, cancer will
not be explained by a few differential equations.
The high descriptive complexity of biology seems to call for a new language
--- not a language of equations but of algorithms.
The challenge is to find it and then decipher it within
the world of biology.
Just as equations are studied via other
equations, so natural algorithms must be
approached through the lens of other algorithms, which
in turn points to the need for an "algorithmic calculus."
I'll sketch what such a program might entail in the context
of "influence systems," which form a broad family of multiagent dynamics
encountered in the living world. (This lecture will be entirely self-contained.)