Introduction to Biosemiotics

The New Biological Synthesis

Editors: Barbieri, Marcello (Ed.)

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This book is addressed to students, researchers and academics who have barely heard of the emerging young science of Biosemiotics, and who want to know more about it. Written by many of the field’s major contributors, it provides a highly qualified introduction to Biosemiotics and illustrates the most recent views in its background and development.

Combining research approaches from biology, philosophy and linguistics, the field of Biosemiotics proposes that animals, plants and single cells all engage in semiosis – the conversion of objective signals into conventional signs. This has important implications and applications for issues ranging from natural selection to animal behavior and human psychology, leaving biosemiotics at the cutting edge of the research on the fundamentals of life.

Drawing on an international expertise, the book details the history and study of biosemiotics, and provides a state-of-the-art summary of the current work in this new field. And, with relevance to a wide range of disciplines – from linguistics and semiotics to evolutionary phenomena and the philosophy of biology – the book provides an important text for both students and established researchers, while marking a vital step in the evolution of a new biological paradigm.

Marcello Barbieri is University Professor of Embryology at the University of Ferrara, Italy, President of the Italian Association for Theoretical Biology and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biosemiotics.

About the authors

MARCELLO BARBIERI is University professor of Embryology at the University of Ferrara, Italy. He has conducted research on embryonic development and ribosome crystallization at the Medical Research Council in Cambridge, UK, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, USA, and the Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Genetik in Berlin.

He has published books on embryology and evolution, and has taught biophysics, molecular embryology and theoretical biology respectively at the Universities of Bologna, Sassari and Turin. His research interests include embryology, evolution and biosemiotics.

He is president of the Italian Association for Theoretical Biology and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biosemiotics. His major books include The Semantic Theory of Evolution (1985), Harwood Academic Publishers, New York, and The Organic Codes. An Introduction to Semantic Biology (2003), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK.

Web page: www.cambridge.org/uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521531004

Web site: http://www.biologiateorica.it

Reviews

From the reviews:

“Biosemiotics is the study of semiotic phenomena in animals, and eventually in all living creatures. … Each chapter is self-contained; however, the editor has done a remarkable job of maintaining continuity and flow. … Each contains its own extensive collection of references. The fine index will assist many readers in locating related material from the individually written chapters. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above.” (J. Beidler, CHOICE, Vol. 44 (10), June, 2007)


Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • The Evolutionary History of Biosemiotics

    Favareau, Donald

    Pages 1-68

  • Semiosis In Evolution

    JÄMsÄ, Tuomo

    Pages 69-100

  • Has Biosemiotics Come Of Age? And Postscript

    Barbieri, Marcello

    Pages 101-114

  • The Necessity Of Biosemiotics: Matter-Symbol Complementarity

    Pattee, H. H.

    Pages 115-132

  • What Is The Scope Of Biosemiotics? Information In Living Systems

    Salthe, Stanley N.

    Pages 133-148

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Introduction to Biosemiotics
Book Subtitle
The New Biological Synthesis
Editors
  • Marcello Barbieri
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4814-2
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-4814-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4813-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8344-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 530
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