In the 30 plus years since the publication of Steven Levy’s Artificial Life, the field has developed extensively in many different directions. However, it is still very much worth reading the book that first brought this subject to the attention of a wider public. Not only did it increase understanding and awareness of ALife research but it was also arguably instrumental in defining the field in the first place, unifying a wide range of disparate research efforts under this heading. Its comprehensive account of the development of the field is an invaluable guide to students just starting out on ALife research and a useful summary for experienced researchers. Indeed, the multitude of familiar names that populate the pages sometimes makes it feel like a university reading list for a course in the subject, but with the additional benefit of providing engaging explanations of the research and discussions of its...

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