by Wesley R. Elsberry,
Richard Dawkins described a demonstration of the power of natural selection
to accomplish tasks that are inaccessible to random search. Dawkins
used a target phrase of "METHINKS IT IS LIKE A WEASEL" for his demonstration.
Unfortunately, Dawkins' original program is lost, but I found that I had
need of one for some online discussions. So I coded one up in Delphi.
That was all right, but I wanted more reporting and other features, so
I wrote another one in Perl. Once I had that, I modified it to handle
the Travelling Salesman Problem via the same sort of search.