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How the Leopard Changed Its Spots: The Evolution of Complexity (Princeton Science Library)

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Do genes explain life? Can advances in evolutionary and molecular biology account for what we look like, how we behave, and why we die? In this powerful intervention into current biological thinking, Brian Goodwin argues that such genetic reductionism has important limits.

Drawing on the sciences of complexity, the author shows how an understanding of the self-organizing patterns of networks is necessary for making sense of nature. Genes are important, but only as part of a process constrained by environment, physical laws, and the universal tendencies of complex adaptive systems. In a new preface for this edition, Goodwin reflects on the advances in both genetics and the sciences of complexity since the book's original publication.

Synopsis:

Do genes explain life? Can advances in evolutionary and molecular biology account for what we look like, how we behave, and why we die? In this powerful intervention into current biological thinking, Brian Goodwin argues that such genetic reductionism has important limits.

Drawing on the sciences of complexity, the author shows how an understanding of the self-organizing patterns of networks is necessary for making sense of nature. Genes are important, but only as part of a process constrained by environment, physical laws, and the universal tendencies of complex adaptive systems. In a new preface for this edition, Goodwin reflects on the advances in both genetics and the sciences of complexity since the book's original publication.

Synopsis:

"This is a brilliant book, wonderfully written. . . . Goodwin is a real scholar, of great breadth and insight. He writes beautifully, conveying difficult themes in an exciting manner."--Simon Levin, Princeton University

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 238-243) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Princeton Science Library Edition vii

Preface xi

Acknowledgements xix

Chapter 1 Whatever Happened to Organisms? 1

Chapter 2 How the Leopard Got Its Spots 18

Chapter 3 Life, the Excitable Medium 42

Chapter 4 Living Form in the Making 77

Chapter 5 The Evolution of Generic Forms 115

Chapter 6 New Directions, New metaphors 169

Chapter 7 A Science of Qualities 196

References 238

Further Reading 242

Index 245

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691088099
Preface:
Goodwin, Brian
Author:
Goodwin, Brian
Preface by:
Goodwin, Brian
Preface:
Goodwin, Brian
Author:
Goodwin, Brian
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J.
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Morphology
Subject:
Self-organizing systems
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Biochemistry
Subject:
History of Science and Medicine, Philosophy of Science
Subject:
Cognitive science
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Princeton ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Science Library
Series Volume:
no. 2227-79-3
Publication Date:
January 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
275
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 14 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Do genes explain life? Can advances in evolutionary and molecular biology account for what we look like, how we behave, and why we die? In this powerful intervention into current biological thinking, Brian Goodwin argues that such genetic reductionism has important limits.

Drawing on the sciences of complexity, the author shows how an understanding of the self-organizing patterns of networks is necessary for making sense of nature. Genes are important, but only as part of a process constrained by environment, physical laws, and the universal tendencies of complex adaptive systems. In a new preface for this edition, Goodwin reflects on the advances in both genetics and the sciences of complexity since the book's original publication.

"Synopsis" by ,

"This is a brilliant book, wonderfully written. . . . Goodwin is a real scholar, of great breadth and insight. He writes beautifully, conveying difficult themes in an exciting manner."--Simon Levin, Princeton University

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