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The systems view of life : a unifying vision

Author: Fritjof Capra; P L Luisi
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
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"Over the past thirty years, a new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science. New emphasis has been given to complexity, networks, and patterns of organisation leading to a novel kind of 'systemic' thinking. This volume integrates the ideas, models, and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework. Taking a broad sweep through history and across scientific  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fritjof Capra; P L Luisi
ISBN: 9781107011366 1107011361
OCLC Number: 857897929
Description: xiv, 498 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction: paradigms in science and society --
I. The Mechanistic Worldview: 1. The Newtonian world-machine --
2. The mechanistic view of life --
3. Mechanistic social thought --
II. The Rise of Systems Thinking: 4. From the parts to the whole --
5. Classical systems theories --
6. Complexity theory --
III. A New Conception of Life: 7.What is life? --
8. Order and complexity in the living world --
9. Darwin and biological evolution --
10. The quest for the origins of life on Earth --
11. The human adventure --
12. Mind and consciousness --
13. Science and spirituality --
14. Life, mind, and society --
15. The systems view of health --
IV: Sustaining the Web of Life: 16. The ecological dimension of life --
17. Connecting the dots: systems thinking and the state of the world --
18. Systemic solutions.
Responsibility: Fritjof Capra, formerly of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA, USA, Pier Luigi Luisi, University of Rome 3, Italy.

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The first volume to integrate life's biological, cognitive, social, and ecological dimensions into a single, coherent framework.  Read more...

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'Partly an enjoyable survey of exciting new developments in systems biology, valuable to any student of biology or science, and partly a bold blueprint for how we might preserve our future on Earth.' Read more...

 
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