ERIC Number: EJ863723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Reference Count: 11
The Influence of Darwin on Evolutionary Algorithms from "Dinner with Darwin"
Overbye, David L.
American Biology Teacher, v71 n2 p81-83 Feb 2009
The "Dinner with Darwin" event held at the National Association of Biology Teachers Conference over several successive years represented an innovative forum for exploring the ways that the work of Charles Darwin has had an impact in fields quite far removed from biology. Through a wide-ranging discussion by panel participants, drawn from a number of diverse fields of study and professions, some interesting insights into the work of Darwin and its impact across other areas of scholarship and professional practice were developed. It should be emphasized that the cross-disciplinary nature of this forum shifted the analysis of Darwin's work from a rigorous focus on biology to the less-defined but potentially quite productive areas of the mutual influence of disciplines. In this article, the influence of Darwin's thought on the field of electrical and computer engineering is illustrated through the specific example of computational structures that are widely known as evolutionary algorithms.
Descriptors: Biology, Educational Change, Mathematics, Science Education, Science Teachers, Engineering, Computer Software
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