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|Material Type:||Conference publication, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Niels Henrik Gregersen
|Description:||xi, 243 p. : ill. ; 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.|
"A success." -- C.P. Goodman, The Polyani Society Periodical"This volume could well serve as the core resource for undergraduates studying contemporary science and philosophy."--CHOICE, P. D. Skiff
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Comments on From complexity to life: on the emergence of life and meaning
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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