The Frontiers Collection

Principles of Evolution

From the Planck Epoch to Complex Multicellular Life

Editors: Meyer-Ortmanns, Hildegard, Thurner, Stefan (Eds.)

  • Displays the current view of science of evolution
  • Presents a systematic interdisciplinary analysis of the development of life
  • Discusses the evolution of social organizations
  • Develops an interdisciplinary view of protein-and citation networks
  • Gives examples for self-organized structures in the universe
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With contributions from a team of leading experts, this volume provides a comprehensive survey of recent achievements in our scientific understanding of evolution. The questions it asks concern the beginnings of the universe, the origin of life and the chances of its arising at all, the role of contingency, and the search for universal features in the plethora of evolutionary phenomena. Rather than oversimplified or premature answers, the chapters provide a clear picture of how these essential problems are being tackled, enabling the reader to understand current thinking and open questions.  The tools employed stem from a range of disciplines including mathematics, physics, biochemistry and cell biology. Self-organization as an overarching concept is demonstrated in the most diverse areas: from galaxy formation in the universe to spindle and aster formation in the cell. Chemical master equations, population dynamics, and evolutionary game theory are presented as suitable frameworks for understanding the universal mechanisms and organizational principles observed in a wide range of living units, ranging from cells to societies. This book will provide engaging reading and food for thought for all those seeking a deeper understanding of the science of evolution.

About the authors

Hildegard Meyer-Ortmanns is full professor and head of the statistical physics group at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. Her area of expertise ranges from general relativity and theoretical particle physics to  statistical physics and its applications to complex systems. Stefan Thurner is Professor of Science of Complex Systems at the Medical  University of Vienna and external professor at the Santa Fe institute.  His area of interest extends from theoretical physics and applied  mathematics to complex systems theory and its applications in  life science and economics.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Meyer-Ortmanns, Hildegard

    Pages 1-41

  • Physical Principles of Evolution

    Schuster, Peter

    Pages 45-79

  • The Interplay of Replication, Variation and Selection in the Dynamics of Evolving Populations

    Blythe, Richard A.

    Pages 81-118

  • A Simple General Model of Evolutionary Dynamics

    Thurner, Stefan

    Pages 119-144

  • Can We Recognize an Innovation? Perspective from an Evolving Network Model

    Jain, Sanjay (et al.)

    Pages 145-172

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Principles of Evolution
Book Subtitle
From the Planck Epoch to Complex Multicellular Life
Editors
  • Hildegard Meyer-Ortmanns
  • Stefan Thurner
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-18137-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-18137-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-18136-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-26802-1
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 388
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