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The Origins of Order


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1: Conceptual Outline of Current Evolutionary Theory PART I: Adaptation on the Edge of Chaos 2: The Structure of Rugged Fitness Landscapes 3: Biological Implications of Rugged Fitness Landscapes 4: The Structure of Adaptive Landscapes Underlying Protein Evolution 5: Self Organization and Adaptation in Complex Systems 6: Coevolving Complex Systems PART II: The Crystallization of Life 7: The Origins of Life: A New View 8: The Origin of a Connected Metabolism 9: Autocatalytic Polynucleotide Systems: Hypercycles, Spin Glasses and Coding 10: Random Grammars PART III: Order and Ontogeny 11: The Architecture of Genetic Regulatory Circuits and Its Evolution 12: Differentiation: The Dynamical Behaviors of Genetic Regulatory Networks 13: Selection for Gene Expression in Cell Type 14: Morphology, Maps and the Spatial Ordering of Integrated Tissues

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Stuart Kauffman, M.D., is a MacArthur Fellow, and a philosopher, biologist, evolutionary theorist, and one of the founders of the discipline known as complexity.


... an integrative book that will become a landmark and a classic as we grope towards a more comprehensive and satisfying theory of evolution. Stephen Jay Gould Stuart Kauffman's book ... is a global representation of a new field, that will greatly enhance our physical understanding of Nature ... A superb reading, not limited to physicists and biologists, having most important implications in natural philosophy. Manfred Eigen Here is a big book with a big purpose... The Origins of Order is the first book to be written by any of the complexity theorists themselves, and it presents Kauffman's view of the biological realm... The Origins of Order will be seen as a major work in the progression of biological theory. At the very least, Kauffman has made a persuasive case to have his bold hypothesis heard. Roger Lewin

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