Biosemiotics

The Codes of Life

The Rules of Macroevolution

Editors: Barbieri, Marcello (Ed.)

  • First multi-authored book on organic codes
  • Genetic code was only the first in a long series of organic codes
  • Organic codes are the key to understanding the major transitions of life history
  • Mental and cultural codes came after a three-billion-year history of organic codes
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About this book

Building on a range of disciplines – from biology and anthropology to philosophy and linguistics – this book draws on the expertise of leading names in the study of organic, mental and cultural codes brought together by the emerging discipline of biosemiotics.

The book’s 18 chapters present a range of experimental evidence which suggests that the genetic code was only the first in a long series of organic codes, and that it has been the appearance of new codes – organic, mental and cultural – that paved the way for the major transitions in the history of life.

While the existence of many organic codes has been proposed since the 1980s, this volume represents the first multi-authored attempt to deal with the range of codes relevant to life, and to reveal the ubiquitous role of coding mechanisms in both organic and mental evolution. This creates the conditions for a synthesis of biology and linguistics that finally overcomes the old divide between nature and culture.

The book will appeal to all those interested in the origins and evolution of life, including biologists (from molecular and cellular biologists to evolutionary and developmental biologists), ecologists, anthropologists, psychologists, philosophers of science, linguists, and researchers interested in the history of science, the origins of life, artificial life and intelligence, and information theory and communication technology.

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

About the authors

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

Reviews

From the reviews:

"Biosemiotics purports to be a new synthesis of existing theories and compilations of theories addressing evolutionary bases. Barbieri … has asked a group of researchers to present their ideas on a wide-ranging set of notions about change and stability. … This work offers an impressive array of facts and speculations, extremely stimulating in origin and execution. … the articles are generally well done with good bibliographies, and they will be useful to many researchers. … Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty." (F. W. Yow, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (10), June, 2008)


Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Codes of Biosequences

    Trifonov, Edward N.

    Pages 3-14

  • The Mechanisms of Evolution: Natural Selection and Natural Conventions

    Barbieri, Marcello

    Pages 15-35

  • Catalytic Propensity of Amino Acids and the Origins of the Genetic Code and Proteins

    Kun, Ádám (et al.)

    Pages 39-58

  • Why the Genetic Code Originated: Implications for the Origin of Protein Synthesis

    Giulio, Massimo

    Pages 59-67

  • Self-Referential Formation of the Genetic System

    Guimarães, Romeu Cardoso (et al.)

    Pages 69-110

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Codes of Life
Book Subtitle
The Rules of Macroevolution
Editors
  • Marcello Barbieri
Series Title
Biosemiotics
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6340-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6340-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6339-8
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7611-3
Series ISSN
1875-4651
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 440
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 illustrations in colour
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