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Life Itself: A Comprehensive Enquiry into the Nature, Origin, and Fabrication of Life

Series: Complexity in Ecological Systems Series

By: R Rosen

285 pages, Figs.

Columbia University Press

Hardback | Sep 1991 | #15475 | ISBN: 0231075642
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Robert Rosen
The question `What is life?' is perhaps the most provocative and significant issue addressed by scientists. In this book, the author argues against the prevalent mechanistic approach to the study of life, in favour of a multi-disciplinary approach.
`Iconoclastic and occasionally brilliant ... [Life Itself] is well written, fascinating ...' Steve Pascala

Drawing on the languages of organizational theory, cybernetics, and category theory, Rosen questions the classic machine metaphor of life.... Once formulated, Rosen uses his concept of life to revisit relational biology, molecular biology, evolution, and chemical sequences. -- "Choice"


1. Prolegomenon2. Strategic Considerations: The Special and the General3. Some Necessary Epistemological Considerations4. The Concept of State5. Entailment Without States: Relational Biology6. Analytic and Synthetic Models7. On Simulation8. Machines and Mechanisms9. Relational Theory of Machines10. Life Itself: The Preliminary Steps11. Relational Biology and Biology

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Dr. Robert Rosen (1934-1998) was a prominent theorist in the areas of biology and biophysics and taught and conducted research at various universities for over three decades. He was the author of thirteen books, including Anticipatory Systems; Fundamentals of Measurement and Representation of Natural Systems; Rosennean Complexity; and The Limits of the Limits of Science.

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