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Reflections on the Theory of Organisms

By: Walter M Elasser

Johns Hopkins University Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Paperback | Oct 1998 | #76055 | ISBN: 0801859700
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Are living organisms, as Descartes argued, just machines? Or is the nature of life such that it can never be fully explained by mechanisitic models? In this thought provoking volume, originally published in hardback in 1987, Elasser argues that the behaviour of living organisms cannot be reduced to physico-chemical causality. Suggesting that molecular biology today is at the same point as Newtonian physics on the eve of the quantum revolution. Elasser lays the foundation for a theoretical biology that points the way toward a natural philosophy of organic life.


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Biography

Walter M. Elsasser (1904-1991) was Homewood Professor at the Johns Hopkins University. His many books include The Physical Foundations of Biology, Atom and Organism, and Memoirs of a Physicist in the Atomic Age. He was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Reagan in 1987.

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