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Sciencebites : a fresh take on commonly used terms in science

Author: Gerard A J M Jagers op Akkerhuis
Publisher: Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2019.
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In science, concepts such as organism, evolution and life, are used almost every day. Every scientist knows the general meaning of such concepts. At the same time, nature is complex, and for this reason, it is difficult to draw stringent lines around classes of things. Scientists therefore accept the use of so called 'working definitions' for many concepts. It is frequently advocated that working on definitions has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Terminology
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gerard A J M Jagers op Akkerhuis
ISBN: 9789086868872 9086868878
OCLC Number: 1091589463
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: Intro; Table of contents; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. A remake of the scala naturae; 2. Selfish genes, powerful organisms; 3. Synthetic biologists construct life; 4. Strong versus operational definitions of life; 5. Is 'the origin' about species?; 6. Evolution: process or pattern?; 7. Natura facit saltus; 8. Great chain of being; 9. A new view on evolutionary transitions; 10. Phenotype and genotype of Big History; 11. The species delusion; 12. The construction of time; 13. One ring to rule them all; 14. The comprehensiveness of scientific models; 15. A swan song for the last black swan 16. Internal criteria for doing science17. Extending and generalizing evolution; 18. Organism versus holobiont; 19. Organisms versus superorganisms; 20. Self-organization and the principle of least action; 21. Limits to scientific knowledge; 22. General reflections
Other Titles: Science Bites
Responsibility: Gerard Jagers op Akkerhuis.

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The aim of this book is to examine much-used concepts in science as if these are tools in a scientific toolbox. Do the current definitions represent quality tools? To explore this question, this book  Read more...

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