My Muppets Show Shop the Amazon Appstore for Android My Muppets Show Audible Audible Audible Up to 50% Off Road Trip Essentials Bad Monkey Bad Monkey Bad Monkey Gucci Sync Watches Shop Gucci Sync Watches Shop All Watches Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos for iPhone 25% Off Back to School Groceries Nest Learning Thermostat StarTrekIntoDarkness StarTrekIntoDarkness StarTrekIntoDarkness Kindle Family Page New From Jimmy Buffett Available Now Skateboards Skatehelmets ActionSports Toy Savings Event
Textbooks: Rent, Buy, Sell
Biological Information and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for

To view this video download Flash Player

Click to open expanded view

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering
To Add to Wish List, choose from options to the leftChoose Wish List or Gift Idea List
Sell Us Your Item
For a $5.22 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading Biological Information on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Biological Information: New Perspectives [Hardcover]

Robert J Marks II , Michael J Behe , William A Dembski , Bruce L Gordon , John C Sanford
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

List Price: $139.00
Price: $128.70 Eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime.
You Save: $10.30 (7%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Usually ships within 1 to 3 weeks.
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
9 new from $118.70 5 used from $154.16
Kindle Book
Print Book
Just so you know...

Front Cover
Your Browsing History
Customers Also Bought
Earn money for each friend you refer to Amazon Student


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $72.79  
Expand Hardcover $128.70

Book Description

August 6, 2013 9814508713 978-9814508711 1
In the spring of 2011, a diverse group of scientists gathered at Cornell University to discuss their research into the nature and origin of biological information. This symposium brought together experts in information theory, computer science, numerical simulation, thermodynamics, evolutionary theory, whole organism biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, genetics, physics, biophysics, mathematics, and linguistics. This volume presents new research by those invited to speak at the conference.

The contributors to this volume use their wide-ranging expertise in the area of biological information to bring fresh insights into the many explanatory difficulties associated with biological information. These authors raise major challenges to the conventional scientific wisdom, which attempts to explain all biological information exclusively in terms of the standard mutation/selection paradigm.

Several clear themes emerged from these research papers: 1) Information is indispensable to our understanding of what life is;
2) Biological information is more than the material structures that embody it;
3) Conventional chemical and evolutionary mechanisms seem insufficient to fully explain the labyrinth of information that is life. By exploring new perspectives on biological information, this volume seeks to expand, encourage, and enrich research into the nature and origin of biological information.

Readership: Academics, researchers, postgraduates and advanced undergraduates in bioinformatics. Biologists, mathematicians/statisticians, physicists and computer scientists.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Buy $25 or more in Textbooks, get a $3 Amazon MP3 Credit. Here's how (restrictions apply)

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 584 pages
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company; 1 edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9814508713
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814508711
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Did we miss any relevant features for this product? Tell us what we missed.
    Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

More About the Author


Robert J. Marks II, Ph.D., is a Christian who serves as a Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Department of Engineering at Baylor University since 2003. He previously served 26 years at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Marks is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including a NASA Tech Brief Award and a best paper award from the American Brachytherapy Society for prostate cancer research. He is Fellow of both IEEE and The Optical Society of America. His consulting activities include Microsoft Corporation, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Boeing Computer Services. His research has been funded by organizations such as the National Science Foundation, General Electric, Southern California Edison, EPRI, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Office of Naval Research, the Whitaker Foundation, Boeing Defense, the National Institutes of Health, The Jet Propulsion Lab, Army Research Office, and NASA.

Professor Marks was awarded the IEEE Outstanding Branch Councilor Award, The IEEE Centennial Medal, the IEEE Neural Networks Society Meritorious Service Award, the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Golden Jubilee Award and, for 2007, the IEEE CIS Chapter of the IEEE Dallas Section Volunteer of the Year award. He was was named a Distinguished Young Alumnus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, is an inductee into the Texas Tech Electrical Engineering Academy, and in 2007 was awarded the Banned Item of the Year from the Discovery Institute. Dr. Marks served for 17 years as the faculty advisor to the University of Washington's chapter of Campus Crusade for Christ. In 2010, he was listed by as one of "The 20 Most Brilliant Christian Professors".

Marks was featured in the Ben Stein documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. The film document's the removal of Marks's intelligent design friendly web site from Baylor servers by administration.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Where's my handkerchief? I'm drooling!

... my reaction when I first discovered this downloadable (free) book which deals seriously with what I consider to be the quintessential scientific questions of our time: What is the origin and nature of biological information, of mind, and of the cosmos?

This compilation is the proceedings of a symposium held in the spring of 2011 at Cornell University. There are about thirty chapters, submitted by experts in "information theory, computer science, numerical simulation, thermodynamics, evolutionary theory, whole organism biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, genetics, physics, biophysics, mathematics, and linguistics."

If you haven't thought carefully about the notion of "information" before, consider the words you are reading at this very instant. They are likely on your computer screen, or you could be reading a printed copy. Nevertheless, the "information" conveyed is the same. Thus, the "information" is not the material (the medium), your 'mind' is not the cells in your body, and the 'laws of physics' are not the matter in the universe. (This not a new notion of course; consider Aristotle's discussions of form and matter.)

The origin and nature of biological information is becoming increasingly central to the frontiers of biology. Even though we can now efficiently read the `letters' in a biological DNA code, we are only just beginning to learn their meaning and function. And the complexity and sophistication of the information and its storage is far beyond what we'd previously anticipated.

In addition, an entire new field is emerging due to the surprising discovery that a great deal of biological information is "epigenetic," i.e., not stored in the DNA, but in the cellular constituents and architecture. Thus, it is not sufficient to merely tweak with the "machine code," one must also anticipate and/or make changes in the down-stream hardware (which is not described in the machine code) in order to preserve function.

The density and interdependence of information storage is also staggering, making evolutionary mechanisms which rely upon gradual, incremental changes problematic (as required in NeoDarwinism). For example, most genes perform multiple functions. While a small mutation in one part of one gene might produce some incremental advantage in one functional aspect, it would more likely destroy a dozen other functional advantages it previously had in combination with the other, non-mutated genes. Not to mention conflicts with the corresponding downstream, epigenetic structures (information) necessary to implement the affected functions.

Hold on to your hat! The biology paradigm train is racing ever faster. If you want to know where the train is, the chapters in this book provide valuable landmarks, signposts, and primers along the journey.

How nice to have so much of the leading-edge thinking collected into one volume!
Was this review helpful to you?
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Information--as is. August 7, 2013
Having taken advantage of the free E-book since June, I have come to realize and see that Information is separate and distinct from the matter/energy of a being.

I whole-heatedly recommend this book for anyone interested in a new, fresh inquiry into the nature of Information. Highly thought provoking, it lays part of the foundation for a paradigm shift in biology holding information as a separate guiding principle to the biological make-up of Life, rather than biology/information being the same.

Instead than information coming together by happenstance, a thoughtful scientific research program dedicated to discovering the underlying principles of how information arises seems more promising, whether teleological or otherwise.

I tip my hat to the review above mine, prophetic indeed.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Papers by Jon Wells August 6, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Amazon Verified Purchase
This volume includes two papers by Jon Wells that are especially important:

1. "Not Junk After All: Non-Protein-Coding DNA Carries Extensive Biological Information." Note that this conference was held in May/June 2011, over a year before the 2012 ENCODE report that confirmed that much of "junk DNA" was not really junk, and

2. "The Membrane Code: A Carrier of Essential Biological Information That Is Not Specified by DNA and Is Inherited Apart from It." Again, I believe this was written relatively early in the "epigenetic revolution," so both of Wells' papers were somewhat prophetic.

I expect that other papers in this volume may be seen as "prophetic" in a few years.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customers Viewing This Page May Be Interested in These Sponsored Links

  (What's this?)
One-Day Conference September 24 in Rockville, MD
See a problem with these advertisements? Let us know



So You'd Like to...

Look for Similar Items by Category



If you need help or have a question for Customer Service, contact us.
 Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product and want to change product data, click here (you may have to sign in with your seller id).

Your Recent History (What's this?)