Some of the most startling achievements in the use of computers to automate design are being accomplished by the use of evolutionary search algorithms to evolve designs. Evolutionary Design By Computers provides a showcase of the best and most original work of the leading international experts in Evolutionary Computation, Engineering Design, Computer Art, and Artificial Life. By bringing together the highest achievers in these fields for the first time, including a foreword by Richard Dawkins, this book provides the definitive coverage of significant developments in Evolutionary Design. This book explores related sub-areas of Evolutionary Design, including: * design optimization * creative design * the creation of art * artificial life. It shows for the first time how techniques in each area overlap, and promotes the cross-fertilization of ideas and methods. A CD-ROM is included with the book, providing the reader with hands-on activities, evolved images, animations, and source-code related to the text. Evolutionary Design By Computers will be an essential resource for researchers in academia and industry.
Peter Bentley recounts the exciting journey shared with his esteemed father, Leopold "Poldi" Bentley, and his uncle in the building of a major forest products company. Bentley has a unique perspective on the rise and fall - and the subsequent reinvention - of western Canada's forest industry in all its complexity. He does not avoid controversy in his accounting of political shenanigans, nor does he shy away from the challenge of staring down the deep well of environmental issues. His views are those of a passionate citizen who, like his father before him, has given much of his life to the improvement of business and culture in British Columbia and Canada. An unflinching leader and a respected philanthropist, Bentley describes a colourful business career punctuated by small failures and enormous success. These thoughts are his thanks to those who inspired him and an invaluable legacy to those who follow.
Numbers are at the heart of the existence of the universe and everything in it, and yet a lot of us have little understanding of their creation, let alone their part in philosophy, art, music, physics, literature, religion and computing. Dr Bentley's fascinating history of the origins of numbers will unlock the secrets of these things that we take for granted and shows how numbers seem to take on human characteristiscs - as they can be perfect or irrational, amicable or prime, real or imaginary. From zero to infinity, learn about the way numbers have shaped our world, discover amazing facts and enjoy the pure beauty of mathematical logic.
Contenu du disque : Audio CD. Data Track; LadyBug; Olivine Trees; The Rake; Grain Streams (Vanishing Point); Force-4; Living Melodies; Soundscape T2. -- CD-ROM. Origine Generative Form Explorer; The Art of Rendering Music from Cellular Automata; An Evolutionary Environment for Interactive Composition; Visual Aesthetic Evolutionary Design Links; Living Melodies (description and demo software); The Cyclic Glade (artwork); Darwin2K open source toolkit for robot simulation and design; GenePool and Darwin software; Extended version of chapter 5; Soundscape Java Demo; Video of Feeping Creatures
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A description of the creation of the Uniting Church within an Australian context and the traditions which came together as the Uniting Church. It outlines the doctrines, practices and organisation which have developed and it examines the church in light of the data in the 1991 Australian census.