How the Leopard changed its spots: the evolution of complexity.

How the Leopard changed its spots: the evolution of complexity. Brian Goodwin.

New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2001. Octavo, paperback, BRAND NEW.

Do genes explain life? Can advances in evolutionary and molecular biology account for what we look like, how we behave, and why we die? This intervention into biological thinking argues that such genetic reductionism has limits. It shows how an understanding of the self-organizing patterns of networks is necessary for making sense of nature.

Contents
Chapter 1 Whatever Happened to Organisms? 1 Chapter 2 How the Leopard Got Its Spots 18 Chapter 3 Life, the Excitable Medium 42 Chapter 4 Living Form in the Making 77 Chapter 5 The Evolution of Generic Forms 115 Chapter 6 New Directions, New metaphors 169 Chapter 7 A Science of Qualities 196 References 238 Further Reading 242 Index 245.

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