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Form and Transformation: Generative and Relational Principles in Biology
     

Form and Transformation: Generative and Relational Principles in Biology

by Gerry Webster, Brian Goodwin
 

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ISBN-10: 0521207436

ISBN-13: 9780521207430

Pub. Date: 04/28/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection fails to explain the forms of organisms because it focuses on inheritance and survival, not on how organisms are generated. This book argues that biology needs a theory of biological form, and that this must be based on a generative theory of organisms as developing and transforming entities of a distinctive type

Overview

Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection fails to explain the forms of organisms because it focuses on inheritance and survival, not on how organisms are generated. This book argues that biology needs a theory of biological form, and that this must be based on a generative theory of organisms as developing and transforming entities of a distinctive type (fields). A number of examples are presented and used to explain the logical relationships of biological forms that underlie biological classification schemes, based upon the properties of complex dynamic systems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521207430
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2011
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. The Problem of Form: 1. Introduction: forms and kinds; 2. The old dialectic: empirical classification and Darwinian theory; 3. The ontological status of Taxa: material practice; 4. The ontological status of Taxa: theoretical practice; 5. Rational systematics and morphogenetic theory: a new dialectic?; 6. Putting the organism together again; Part II. Fields and Forms: 7. Segments, symmetries, and epigenetic maps; 8. The unitary morphogenetic field; 9. A generative biology; References; Index.

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