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In the tradition of Schr�dinger's classic What Is Life?, this book is a tour-de-force investigation of the basis of life itself, with conclusions that radically undermine the scientific approaches on which modern science rests-the approaches of Newton, Boltzman, Bohr, and Einstein.
Kauffman's At Home in the Universe, which The New York Times Book Review called "passionatel
Paperback, 308 pages
Published September 19th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2000)
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Jonathan Hockey
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Develops a very interesting and novel approach to defining life in a way more general than the specific life as we know it on earth. I agree with some aspects of his definition of life as agents completing a work cycle. I feel this gets to the core of something very important and common to what all life does in nature, in society, in economies and in biospheres. And it takes us beyond more earth/DNA-centric views of life solely as about replicating selfish genes or something of this kind that a ...more
Oct 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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I first read this fantastic book when it first came out back in 2000/2001. Have added it back on the to-read pile after reading Steven Johnson's latest, which calls on quite a bit from Investigations. ...more
Nov 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Extremely interesting, thought provoking and innovative scientific thinking, but very repetitive. Three stars rating is not due to the quality of the content but the repetitive nature of the book.
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nektere kusy, obzvlaste u konce jsou copy-paste z jinych mist. Nebo se to tomu alespon podoba.

Na druhou stranu zakladni otazka je pomerne nosna a pristup k reseni ne zcela trivialni. Kauffman asi globalne pravdu nema, ale za zamysleni stoji. Nektere kusy (autokatalyticke site) bych mel rad vykousle vedle do hutneho a kompaktniho textu, protoze jsou to dobre, testovatelne a asi i celkem pravdive hypotezy.
Dec 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Kauffman believes that as a mixture of organic chemicals grows ever more complex, it undergoes a phase transition and produces a self-replicator, which is to say, life. Of course, no one has been able to demonstrate it before or since.
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Stuart Alan Kauffman (28 September 1939) is an American theoretical biologist and complex systems researcher concerning the origin of life on Earth. He is best known for arguing that the complexity of biological systems and organisms might result as much from self-organization and far-from-equilibrium dynamics as from Darwinian natural selection, as well as for applying models of Boolean networks ...more

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