From Complexity to Life: On The Emergence of Life and Meaning

Hardcover | November 15, 2002

EditorNiels Henrik Gregersen

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This book brings together an impressive group of leading scholars in the sciences of complexity, and a few workers on the interface of science and religion, to explore the wider implications of complexity studies. It includes an introduction to complexity studies and explores the concept ofinformation in physics and biology and various philosophical and religious perspectives. Chapter authors include Paul Davies, Greg Chaitin, Charles Bennett, Werner Loewenstein, Paul Dembski, Ian Stewart, Stuart Kauffman, Harold Morowitz, Arthur Peacocke, and Niels H. Gregersen.

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This book brings together an impressive group of leading scholars in the sciences of complexity, and a few workers on the interface of science and religion, to explore the wider implications of complexity studies. It includes an introduction to complexity studies and explores the concept ofinformation in physics and biology and various...

Niels Henrik Gregersen is at University of Aarhus.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 5.79 × 8.11 × 0.98 inPublished:November 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195150708

ISBN - 13:9780195150704

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Contributors1. Paul Davies: Introduction: Towards an Emergentist WorldviewPART I. DEFINING COMPLEXITY2. Gregory J. Chaitin: Randomness and Mathematical Proof3. Charles H. Bennett: How to Define Complexity in Physics, and WhyPART II. THE CONCEPT OF INFORMATION IN PHYSICS AND BIOLOGY4. Stuart Kauffman: The Emergence of Autonomous Agents5. Paul Davies: Complexity and the Arrow of Time6. William A. Dembski: Can Evolutionary Algorithms Generate Specified Complexity?7. Ian Stewart: The Second Law of Gravutucs and the Fourth Law of Thermodynamics8. Werner R. Loewenstein: Two Arros from a Mighty BowPART III. PHILOSOPHICAL AND RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVES9. Harold J. Morowitz: Emergence of Transcendence10. Arthur Peacocke: Complexity, Emergence, and Divine Creativity11. Niels Henrik Gregersen: From Anthropic Design to Self-Organized ComplexityIndex

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"This volume could well serve as the core resource for undergraduates studying contemporary science and philosophy."--CHOICE, P. D. Skiff