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Chaos and Life Complexity and Order in Evolution and Thought

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ISBN-10: 023112662X

ISBN-13: 9780231126625

Edition: 2003

Authors: Richard Bird

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Why, in a scientific age, do people routinely turn to astrologers, mediums, cultists, and every kind of irrational practitioner rather than to science to meet their spiritual needs? The answer, according to Richard J. Bird, is that science, especially biology, has embraced a view of life that renders meaningless the coincidences, serendipities, and other seemingly significant occurrences that fill people's everyday existence. Evolutionary biology rests on the assumption that although events are fundamentally random, some are selected because they are better adapted than others to the surrounding world. This book proposes an alternative view of evolving complexity. Bird argues that…    
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Book details

List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/26/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 0.63" wide x 0.93" long x 0.09" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Prolog: The Dawn of Man?
Iteration and Sequence
The Crisis in Biology
The Origin of "Species"
Chaos and Dimensionality
Chaostability
The Geometry of Life
The Living Computer
Morphology and Evolution
Entropy, Information, and Randomness
The Effectiveness of Mathematics
Life and Conflict
The World as Iteration and Recursion
Notes
Index