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Signs of Life: How Complexity Pervades Biology

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Signs of Life applies the mathematics of order and disorder, of entropy, chance, and randomness, of chaos and nonlinear dynamics to the various mysteries of the living world at all levels. This book is an entirely new approach to understanding living systems and will help set the agenda for biology in the coming century.

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Overview

Signs of Life applies the mathematics of order and disorder, of entropy, chance, and randomness, of chaos and nonlinear dynamics to the various mysteries of the living world at all levels. This book is an entirely new approach to understanding living systems and will help set the agenda for biology in the coming century.

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This is a paperbound reprint of a 2000 book. The authors (whose affiliations are not stated) apply the mathematical tools of complexity theory to model biological processes in terms of complex dynamics from which characteristic patterns of order emerge. They examine genetic networks, chaos in brain function, emergent phenomenon of ant colonies, the nonlinear behavior of complex ecologies, and fractal cities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465019281
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 1/2/2002
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
1. Nonlinearity, Chaos, and Emergence 1
2. Order, Complexity, Disorder 29
3. Genetic Networks, Cell Differentiation, and Development 61
4. Physiology on the Edge of Chaos 89
5. Brain Dynamics 119
6. Ants, Brains, and Chaos 147
7. The Baroque of Nature 179
8. Life on the Edge of Catastrophe 211
9. Evolution and Extinction 243
10. Fractal Cities and Market Crashes 277
Notes 305
Index 317
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