Wim Hordijk

Wim Hordijk is an independent and interdisciplinary scientist interested in the origin and evolution of life. After spending several formative years as a graduate student at the Santa Fe Institute, and earning a PhD in computer science from the University of New Mexico, USA, Wim has worked on many research and computing projects at different universities and research institutes all over the world. A wandering scientist by choice, he has collaborated with biologists, physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, chemists, and also an archaeologist. He currently holds a senior fellowship at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research in Klosterneuburg, Austria.

Wim is also an enthusiastic popular science writer, with contributions to (among others) The Scientist, Plus magazine, and TVOL. You can follow his research and writings on Twitter (@WanderingWim) or on his personal website at www.WorldWideWanderings.net

Recent Posts

April 6, 2018 in Biology, Morality

The Mathematics of Kindness

Altruistic behavior seems abundant in nature, but how did it evolve? George Price had the answer nearly fifty years ago.
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January 29, 2018 in Biology

Evolution as a Problem Solver in Computer Science

In computer science, there are many problems that are known to be "hard." What this means is that there is no efficient method to solve such problems exactly. However, we…
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September 18, 2017 in Biology

The Origin of Life: A Selfish Act or a Cooperative Effort?

Life arose as a cooperative effort among diverse molecule types in catalytically closed and self-sustaining chemical reaction networks. There is grandeur in this view of (the origin of) life.
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