Signs of Life: How Complexity Pervades Biology

Signs of Life: How Complexity Pervades Biology

by Ricard Sole, Brian Goodwin
     
 

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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.  See more details below

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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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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465019281
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
01/02/2002
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.78(d)

What People are saying about this

Stuart Pimm
All life is here, its story told by two of the most brilliant and engaging researchers in the rapidly emerging science of complexity.
— Stuart Pimm, author of The Balance of Nature?
Keith Devlin
A small--but growing--band of scientists is forging a path to a new understanding of what it is to be alive. In this fascinating new book, Solé and Goodwin chart out the progress made so far, and point the way to what we can expect in the (near) future.
— Keith Devlin¸ author of The Math Gene

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