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The relationship between law and chance in the early evolution of life is the guiding theme of this provocative study. The author explores modern ideas about the origin of life from the standpoint of philosophy of science, emphasizing the contribution made by information theory.Küppers asserts that all life phenomena are steered by information and that this information is already defined materially in a universal form at the level of the biological macromolecule. The question of the origin of life turns out to be the question of the origin of biological informationInformation and the Origin of Life takes up the fundamental problems of whether and, if so, to what extent the origin of semantic information during evolution can be explained as a general phenomenon within the framework of physics and chemistry. The results could have far-reaching consequences for such fields as the philosophy of mind and artificial intelligence.Bernd-Olaf Küppers has long focused his attention on basic questions of natural science and the philosophy of science at the borders of physics, chemistry, and biology. He has been engaged since 1971 in research at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, and from 1979 to 1984 he held lecture courses in philosophy at the University of Göttingen

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Highlights a mysterious phase of the evolutionary process--the origin of life from inorganic matter. According to Kuppers (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry), every life form is steered by information that is defined at the level of the macromolecule. Life turns out to be the result of a process of self-organization of matter beginning with the origin of information.
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Synopsis:

The relationship between law and chance in the early evolution of life is the guiding theme of this provocative study.

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Bernd-Olaf K?ppers has long focused his attention on basic questions of natural science and the philosophy of science at the borders of physics, chemistry, and biology. He has been engaged since 1971 in research at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, and from 1979 to 1984 he held lecture courses in philosophy at the University of G?ttingen

Synopsis:

The relationship between law and chance in the early evolution of life is the guiding theme of this provocative study. The author explores modern ideas about the origin of life from the standpoint of philosophy of science, emphasizing the contribution made by information theory.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [196]-203).

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9780262111423
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Woolley, Paul
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MIT Press (MA)
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Subject:
Philosophy
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Biology
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Evolution
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Ecology
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Neuroscience
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Life
Subject:
Biology -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
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Evolution (Biology)
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Environmental Studies-General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references p. 196-203.
Series:
Information and the Origin of Life
Series Volume:
no. 51
Publication Date:
19900431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
26
Pages:
237
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , The relationship between law and chance in the early evolution of life is the guiding theme of this provocative study.
"Synopsis" by , Bernd-Olaf K?ppers has long focused his attention on basic questions of natural science and the philosophy of science at the borders of physics, chemistry, and biology. He has been engaged since 1971 in research at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, and from 1979 to 1984 he held lecture courses in philosophy at the University of G?ttingen
"Synopsis" by , The relationship between law and chance in the early evolution of life is the guiding theme of this provocative study. The author explores modern ideas about the origin of life from the standpoint of philosophy of science, emphasizing the contribution made by information theory.
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