I kicked off the workshop on Information and Entropy in Biological Systems with a broad overview of the many ways information theory and entropy get used in biology:
• John Baez, Information and entropy in biological systems.
Abstract. Information and entropy are being used in biology in many different ways: for example, to study biological communication systems, the ‘action-perception loop’, the thermodynamic foundations of biology, the structure of ecosystems, measures of biodiversity, and evolution. Can we unify these? To do this, we must learn to talk to each other. This will be easier if we share some basic concepts which I’ll sketch here.
The talk is full of links, in blue. If you click on these you can get more details. You can also watch a video of my talk: