Lecture Notes in Morphogenesis

Perspectives on Organisms

Biological time, Symmetries and Singularities

Authors: Longo, Giuseppe, Montévil, Maël

  • Provides a novel and genuinely theoretical approach to biology
  • Includes a characterization of 'physical' versus 'biological’ objects
  • Introduces the concept of anti-entropy as a measure for the potential of variability
  • Presents numerous theoretical propositions
  • Written by experts in the field
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About this book

This authored monograph introduces a genuinely theoretical approach to biology. Starting point is the investigation of empirical biological scaling including their variability, which is found in the literature, e.g. allometric relationships, fractals, etc. The book then analyzes two different aspects of biological time: first, a supplementary temporal dimension to accommodate proper biological rhythms; secondly, the concepts of protension and retention as a means of local organization of time in living organisms. Moreover, the book investigates the role of symmetry in biology, in view of its ubiquitous importance in physics. In relation with the notion of extended critical transitions, the book proposes that organisms and their evolution can be characterized by continued symmetry changes, which accounts for the irreducibility of their historicity and variability. The authors also introduce the concept of anti-entropy as a measure for the potential of variability, being equally understood as alterations in symmetry. By this, the book provides a mathematical account of Gould's analysis of phenotypic complexity with respect to biological evolution. The target audience primarily comprises researchers interested in new theoretical approaches to biology, from physical, biological or philosophical backgrounds, but the book may also be beneficial for graduate students who want to enter this field.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Longo, Giuseppe (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Scaling and Scale Symmetries in Biological Systems

    Longo, Giuseppe (et al.)

    Pages 23-73

  • A 2-Dimensional Geometry for Biological Time

    Longo, Giuseppe (et al.)

    Pages 75-97

  • Protention and Retention in Biological Systems

    Longo, Giuseppe (et al.)

    Pages 99-119

  • Symmetry and Symmetry Breakings in Physics

    Longo, Giuseppe (et al.)

    Pages 121-136

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eBook $149.00
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Hardcover $189.00
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Softcover $189.00
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  • Due: October 20, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-662-51229-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Perspectives on Organisms
Book Subtitle
Biological time, Symmetries and Singularities
Authors
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Morphogenesis
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-35938-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-35938-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-35937-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-51229-6
Series ISSN
2195-1934
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 283
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations, 24 illustrations in colour
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