This article is
- freely available
The Capricious Character of Nature
Department of Biosciences, University of Helsinki, Fi-00014 Helsinki , Finland
Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Fi-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Fi-00014 Helsinki, Finland
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 1 December 2011; in revised form: 22 December 2011 / Accepted: 4 January 2012 / Published: 11 January 2012
Abstract: The on-going whole genome sequencing and whole cell assays of metabolites and proteins imply that complex systems could ultimately be mastered by perfecting knowledge into great detail. However, courses of nature are inherently intractable because flows of energy and their driving forces depend on each other. Thus no data will suffice to predict precisely the outcomes of e.g., engineering experiments. All path-dependent processes, most notably evolution in its entirety, display this capricious character of nature.
Keywords: evolution; free energy; natural selection
Article StatisticsClick here to load and display the download statistics.
Notes: Multiple requests from the same IP address are counted as one view.
Cite This Article
MDPI and ACS Style
Keto, J.; Annila, A. The Capricious Character of Nature. Life 2012, 2, 165-169.
Keto J, Annila A. The Capricious Character of Nature. Life. 2012; 2(1):165-169.
Keto, Jaana; Annila, Arto. 2012. "The Capricious Character of Nature." Life 2, no. 1: 165-169.