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The Web of Life


The Web of Life
  • Author : Fritjof Capra
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release : 1996
  • ISBN : 9780385476768
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Presents an innovative view of the interrelationships of psychological, biological, and social phenomena, synthesizing the latest alternative theories of evolution and physics

Information and Living Systems


Information and Living Systems
  • Author : George Terzis
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release : 2011-04-15
  • ISBN : 9780262295130
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The informational nature of biological organization, at levels from the genetic and epigenetic to the cognitive and linguistic. Information shapes biological organization in fundamental ways and at every organizational level. Because organisms use information—including DNA codes, gene expression, and chemical signaling—to construct, maintain, repair, and replicate themselves, it would seem only natural to use information-related ideas in our attempts to understand the general nature of living systems, the causality by which they operate, the difference between living and inanimate matter, and the emergence, in some biological species, of cognition, emotion, and language. And yet philosophers and scientists have been slow to do so. This volume fills that gap. Information and Living Systems offers a collection of original chapters in which scientists and philosophers discuss the informational nature of biological organization at levels ranging from the genetic to the cognitive and linguistic. The chapters examine not only familiar information-related ideas intrinsic to the biological sciences but also broader information-theoretic perspectives used to interpret their significance. The contributors represent a range of disciplines, including anthropology, biology, chemistry, cognitive science, information theory, philosophy, psychology, and systems theory, thus demonstrating the deeply interdisciplinary nature of the volume's bioinformational theme.

The Physics of Living Systems


The Physics of Living Systems
  • Author : Fabrizio Cleri
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2016-10-08
  • ISBN : 9783319306476
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this book, physics in its many aspects (thermodynamics, mechanics, electricity, fluid dynamics) is the guiding light on a fascinating journey through biological systems, providing ideas, examples and stimulating reflections for undergraduate physics, chemistry and life-science students, as well as for anyone interested in the frontiers between physics and biology. Rather than introducing a lot of new information, it encourages young students to use their recently acquired knowledge to start seeing the physics behind the biology. As an undergraduate textbook in introductory biophysics, it includes the necessary background and tools, including exercises and appendices, to form a progressive course. In this case, the chapters can be used in the order proposed, possibly split between two semesters. The book is also an absorbing read for researchers in the life sciences who wish to refresh or go deeper into the physics concepts gleaned in their early years of scientific training. Less physics-oriented readers might want to skip the first chapter, as well as all the "gray boxes" containing the more formal developments, and create their own á-la-carte menu of chapters.

The Systems View of Life


The Systems View of Life
  • Author : Fritjof Capra
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2014-04-10
  • ISBN : 9781107011366
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The first volume to integrate life's biological, cognitive, social, and ecological dimensions into a single, coherent framework.

Physical Models of Living Systems


Physical Models of Living Systems
  • Author : Philip Nelson
  • Publisher : Macmillan Higher Education
  • Release : 2015-03-06
  • ISBN : 9781319036904
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Written for intermediate-level undergraduates pursuing any science or engineering major, Physical Models of Living Systems helps students develop many of the competencies that form the basis of the new MCAT2015. The only prerequisite is first-year physics. With the more advanced "Track-2" sections at the end of each chapter, the book can be used in graduate-level courses as well.