@c Now this is an insight that I don’t believe could have occurred to anyone before the advent of computer networks:
Davies proposes a radical vision of biology which sees the underpinnings of life as similar to circuits and electronics, arguing that life as we know it should really be considered a phenomenon of information storage.
@artkavanagh In fact, it actually was thought about by at least one person dating back to 1940: Claude Shannon, the father of the modern digital age whose MIT master's thesis is responsible for applying Boolean Algebra to digital circuits, wrote his MIT Ph.D. thesis on the topic: "An Algebra for Theoretical Genetics". It's generally little known in microbiology circles, but has almost certainly influenced Davies and some of his colleagues. I'm only aware of maybe 10 researchers who are currently tinkering around with theoretical biology and its overlap with information theory, mathematics, and physics.
@c On reflection, I’m glad I was wrong about this. I sometimes have difficulty in believing that theory can precede practice, though there are plenty of examples of it doing exactly that.