# Computation + life + physics resources

## # Artificial life

- https://artificialnature.net/courses/datt4950/index.html

Course material covering cellular automata, term rewriting, evolutionary systems. - Artificial Chemistries (Banzhaf & Yamamoto)

Textbook covering various kinds of simulated chemical systems. Essential reading.

## # Thermodynamics and computation

- Irreversibility and Heat Generation in the Computing Process (Landauer)

The paper that presented Landauer’s principle of heat generation in computing. - The thermodynamics of computation—a review (Bennet)

Overview of computation in thermodynamical systems in light of Landauer’s principle and computability theory. - Reversibility for Efficient Computing (Frank)
- Logical Reversibility of Computation (Bennet)

## # Physics and computation

- Information, Physics, Quantum: The search for links

Classic paper by Wheeler on unsolved problems relating physics to information. - Feynman and Computation

Collection of papers connecting physics to computation in memory of Feynman. - Looking at Nature as a Computer (Margolus)
- Physics-like models of computation (Margolus)
- Norman Margolus’ homepage
- Invertible Cellular Automata: A Review (Toffoli and Margolus)
- What is the Lagrangian counting? (Toffoli)
- On Wheeler’s notion of “law without law” in physics (Deutsch)
- A Digital Perspective and the Quest for Substrate-Universal Behaviors

## # Misc

- Reviews and criticism of Stephen Wolfram’s
*A New Kind of Science*