Sad to see the passing of John Holland, one of the great thinkers in the field of complex adaptive systems. I greatly admired his work on evolutionary optimization and his unconventional approach. In the early 2000s I even published a research paper of my own, describing an evolutionary computational approach to the phase problem in x-ray crystallography, that was directly inspired by his work. He was a great scientist and a great communicator.
My colleague Alex Lancaster who was similarly inspired and influenced by Holland’s groundbreaking work, wrote a very nice piece to mark his passing, on his blog. You can read it here.
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