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Signs Of Life: How Complexity Pervades Biology
Signs of Life applies the mathematics of order and disorder, of entropy, chance, and randomness, of chaos and nonlinear dynamics to the various mysteries of the living world at all levels. This book is an entirely new approach to understanding living systems and will help set the agenda for biology in the coming century.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 4th 2002 by Basic Books
(first published 2000)
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This book provides a survey of the state of complex systems studies by the end of the 90's, and is particularly influenced by the Santa Fe Institute view and research. Reading it 15 years after its publication, it gives the impression that at the time it could have been one of the best overview books on the subject matter, and it still provides a good introduction. It stands out for having two layers of readibility, as the text is punctuated with rather technical description of models bounded by ...more
El libro nos acerca al mundo de la complejidad de manera muy gráfica y didáctica con ejemplos claros y fáciles de seguir. El único pero es que junto a capítulos bien llevados y reveladores, hay otros donde la especulación es tanta que resta un poco de rigor al conjunto. En cualquier caso, muy recomendable.