Biological Framings Reference
- University of Wisconsin (Madison) biologist Sean B. Carroll has just
published a book called "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" in which he
discusses the results of his research on how genes trigger the
formation of appendages or colorations in analogous parts of different
animal species. Forelimbs of salamanders, sauropods, mice and humans
are homologs, as are their hindlimbs. Within a single species,
hindlimbs and forelimbs are serial homologs relative to each other.
This suggests that patterns in software should appear at a very high
level and may support Dave West's contention that the whole world
might be modeled by a relatively few classes if we could figure out
what the appropriate methods would be to turn them on and off.
I've just started reading it, which explains why this message may
sound garbled, but I've heard him speak on the subject, and it's
fascinating, whether it applies to software or not.