Real-World Probability Books: Evolution

Dawkins, Richard. Climbing Mount Improbable. Norton, 1997.

Like Dawkins other books [e.g. The Selfish Gene] this is a wonderful popular exposition of evolutionary biology. Something every educated person should read, albeit not so strongly relevant to our "predictions of mathematical probability" theme.

Kauffman, Stuart A. The Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution. Oxford University Press, 1993.

Author is - and sounds like - the model for the fictional mathematician in Jurassic Park. Ambitious sprawling work studies abstracted math models of different levels of evolution: DNA, proteins, genetic regulatory networks, ecosystems. The math models are interesting as math challenges, but their relevance to real biology is arguable.

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