The Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection

Statistical Physics and Complexity Group meeting

The Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection

  • Event time: 3:00pm until 4:00pm
  • Event date: 27th September 2022
  • Speaker: (University of California, Riverside)
  • Location: Online - see email invite.

Event details

In 1930, the famous statistician and geneticist Ronald Fisher claimed to have proved a "fundamental theorem of natural selection". He compared this result to the second law of thermodynamics, and described it as holding "the supreme position among the biological sciences". But others found it obscure, and in its most obvious interpretation it is simply false. Luckily there is a true result closely resembling Fisher's claim: a general theorem connecting dynamical systems and information theory. I'll explain this, give the very simple proof, and draw a few conclusions.

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