Evolutionary algorithms are studied in many places by computer simulations with grim determination, just as if the diversity of throwing stones could be investigated by simulation. The only question that remains is whether the laws of gravity could be discovered however many stone-throwing simulations one performed. This, however, is the objective …: uncovering the compact “laws of gravity” of evolution.
Rechenberg 1994b, p.11 (translation by author)
Ideas about evolution strategies (ES), developed at the Technical University (TU) of Berlin, date to the 1960s. Ingo Rechenberg, the “father” of evolution strategies, now head of the Department of Bionics and Evolution Techniques at TU Berlin, ...