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The web of life : a new scientific understanding of living systems

Author: Fritjof Capra
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Anchor Books edView all editions and formats
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During the past twenty-five years, scientists have challenged conventional views of evolution and the organization of living systems and have developed new theories with revolutionary philosophical and social implications. Fritjof Capra has been at the forefront of this revolution. In The Web of Life, Capra offers a brilliant synthesis of such recent scientific breakthroughs as the theory of complexity, Gaia theory,  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Capra, Fritjof.
Web of life.
New York : Anchor Books, 1996
(OCoLC)622995500
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fritjof Capra
ISBN: 0385476752 9780385476751
OCLC Number: 34513628
Description: xv, 347 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1. The cultural context --
1. Deep ecology : a new paradigm --
Pt. 2. The rise of systems thinking --
2. From the parts to the whole --
3. Systems theories --
4. The logic of the mind --
Pt. 3. The pieces of the puzzle --
5. Models of self-organization --
6. The mathematics of complexity --
Pt. 4. The nature of life --
7. A new synthesis --
8. Dissipative structures --
9. Self-making --
10. The unfolding of life --
11. Bringing forth a world --
12. Knowing what we know --
Epilogue. Ecological literacy.
Responsibility: Fritjof Capra.
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During the past twenty-five years, scientists have challenged conventional views of evolution and the organization of living systems and have developed new theories with revolutionary philosophical and social implications. Fritjof Capra has been at the forefront of this revolution. In The Web of Life, Capra offers a brilliant synthesis of such recent scientific breakthroughs as the theory of complexity, Gaia theory, chaos theory, and other explanations of the properties of organisms, social systems, and ecosystems. Capra's surprising findings stand in stark contrast to accepted paradigms of mechanism and Darwinism and provide an extraordinary new foundation for ecological policies that will allow us to build and sustain communities without diminishing the opportunities for future generations.[from the publisher].

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