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From complexity to life : on the emergence of life and meaning

Author: Niels Henrik Gregersen
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Brings together a group of scholars in the sciences of complexity, and workers on the interface of science and religion, to explore the implications of complexity studies. This book includes an  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Conference proceedings
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Material Type: Conference publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Niels Henrik Gregersen
ISBN: 0195150708 9780195150704
OCLC Number: 48100208
Description: xi, 243 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction : toward an emergentist worldview / Paul Davies 3 --
Part 1. Defining complexity --
Randomness and mathematical proof / Gregory J. Chaitin 19 --
How to define complexity in physics, and why / Charles H. Bennett 34 --
Part 2. The concept of information in physics and biology --
The emergence of autonomous agents / Stuart Kauffman 47 --
Complexity and the arrow of time / Paul Davies 72 --
Can evolutionary algorithms generate specified complexity? / William A. Dembski 93 --
The second law of gravitics and the fourth law of thermodynamics / Ian Stewart 114 --
Two arrows from a mighty bow / Werner R. Loewenstein 151 --
Part 3. Philosophical and religious perspectives --
Emergence of transcendence / Harold J. Morowitz 177 --
Complexity, emergence, and divine creativity / Arthur Peacocke 187 --
From anthropic design to self-organized complexity / Niels Henrik Gregersen 206.
Responsibility: edited by Niels Henrik Gregersen.
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Melanie Mitchell's book is most enjoyable, truly inspiring, skillfully written, and, above all, beautifully clear. The author's enthusiasm and passion for the field make the book fascinating to read. Read more...

 
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by katzper (WorldCat user published 2010-09-15) Good Permalink

Of the set of 10 essays  Ian Stewart's article dissecting thermodynamis and time reversibility was the most facinating. Some of the other essays summarize the thinking of leaders in the field. The theological speculations can be ignored.

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