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Self-organization and Emergence in Life Sciences

Editors: Feltz, Bernard, Crommelinck, Marc, Goujon, Philippe (Eds.)

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Self-organization constitutes one of the most important theoretical debates in contemporary life sciences. The present book explores the relevance of the concept of self-organization and its impact on such scientific fields as: immunology, neurosciences, ecology and theories of evolution.

Historical aspects of the issue are also broached. Intuitions relative to self-organization can be found in the works of such key western philosophical figures as Aristotle, Leibniz and Kant. Interacting with more recent authors and cybernetics, self-organization represents a notion in keeping with the modern world's discovery of radical complexity.

The themes of teleology and emergence are analyzed by philosophers of sciences with regards to the issues of modelization and scientific explanation.

The implications of self-organization for life sciences are here approached from an interdisciplinary angle, revealing the notion as already rewarding and full of promise for the future.

Table of contents (20 chapters)

Table of contents (20 chapters)
  • The Complex Adaptative Systems Approach to Biology

    Pages 7-28

    Weisbuch, Gérard

  • Emergence and Reductionism: from the Game of Life to Science of Life

    Pages 29-40

    Bauchau, Vincent

  • Formalizing Emergence: the Natural After-Life of Artificial Life

    Pages 41-60

    Bersini, Hugues

  • Analysis and Synthesis of Regulator Networks in Terms of Feedback Circuits

    Pages 63-73

    Thomas, René

  • Properties Emerging from Sensorimotor Interfaces: Interaction Between Experimentation and Modeling in Neurosciences

    Pages 75-94

    Lefévre, Philippe (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Self-organization and Emergence in Life Sciences
Editors
  • Bernard Feltz
  • Marc Crommelinck
  • Philippe Goujon
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
331
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3917-1
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3917-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3916-4
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6997-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 352
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