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Essays on life itself

Author: Robert Rosen
Publisher: New York : Columbia Univ. Press, ©2000.
Series: Complexity in ecological systems series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A collection of twenty articles on the nature of life and on the objective of the natural sciences. It challenges the paradox of the brain as organism and the receptacle of scientific reasoning. It  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Rosen
ISBN: 023110510X 9780231105101 0231105118 9780231105118
OCLC Number: 247202040
Description: x, 361 Seiten : Diagramme ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface Part I : On Biology and Physics 1. The Schrodinger Question, What Is Life? Fifty-Five Years Later 2. Biological Challenges to Contemporary Paradigms of Physics and Mimetics 3. What Is Biology? Part II : On Biology and the Mind 4. The Church-Pythagoras Thesis 5. Drawing the Boundary Between Subject and Object: Comments on the Mind-Brain Problem 6. Mind as Phenotype 7. On Psychomimesis 8. The Mind-Brain Problem and the Physics of Reductionism Part III : On Genericity 9. Genericity as Information 10. Syntactics and Semantics in Languages 11. How Universal Is a Universal Unfolding? 12. System Closure and Dynamical Degeneracy 13. Some Random Thoughts About Chaos and Some Chaotic Thoughts About Randomness Part IV: Similarity and Dissimilarity in Biology 14. Optimality in Biology and Medicine 15. Morphogenesis in Networks 16. Order and Disorder in Biological Control Systems 17. What Does It Take to Make an Organism? Part V: On Biology and Technology 18. Some Lessons of Biology 19. Bionics Revisited 20. On the Philosophy of Craft 21. Cooperation and Chimera 22. Are Our Modeling Paradigms Nongeneric? References Index
Series Title: Complexity in ecological systems series.
Responsibility: Robert Rosen.

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