Michael Lachmann
Theoretical Biologist, Santa Fe Institute

Michael Lachmann is a professor at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico. He is interested in the interface between evolution and information, and in particular the origins of life.

Written by Michael Lachmann

Detail of White Cat (1935-38), by Gertrude Abercrombie. Courtesy the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Life ≠ alive

A cat is alive, a sofa is not: that much we know. But a sofa is also part of life. Information theory tells us why

Michael Lachmann & Sara Walker