Life Itself -

Life Itself

A Comprehensive Inquiry Into the Nature, Origin, and Fabrication of Life

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This strategy, derived from Newtonian mechanism, is embodied in reductionism: break what is complicated into simpler pieces, understand the pieces themselves, and reconstruct organisms from this understanding. In Life Itself, Robert Rosen argues that such a view is neither necessary nor sufficient to answer the question. He asserts that life is not a specialization of mechanism, but rather a sweeping generalization of it. Above all, Rosen argues that renouncing mechanism does not mean abandoning science. A radical alternative is proposed, drawn equally from experience in biology, physics, and mathematics; an alternative which draws attention to a new class of complex systems, which are radically different from mechanism. Life Itself provides the context within which an effective answer can be found to satisfy the basic question with which we began: What is life?

Product code: 9780231075657

ISBN 9780231075657
Series Complexity in Ecological Systems
No. Of Pages 285
Publisher Columbia University Press
On Sale Date 13/07/2005
This strategy, derived from Newtonian mechanism, is embodied in reductionism: break what is complicated into simpler pieces, understand the pieces themselves, and reconstruct organisms from this understanding. In Life Itself, Robert Rosen argues that such a view is neither necessary nor sufficient to answer the question.