The Complexity Paradox: The More Answers We Find, the More Questions We Have

Hardcover | October 7, 2014

byKenneth Mossman

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Living systems exhibit a fundamental contradiction: they are highly stable and reliable, yet they have the capacity to adapt to changing environmental conditions. This paradoxical behavior arises from the complexity of life--a high degree of order and cooperation that emerges from relativelysimple interactions among cellular components. The Complexity Paradox proposes inventive, interdisciplinary approaches to maintaining health and managing and preventing disease by considering the totality of human biology, from the cellular level on up to entire populations of individuals. From theperspective of complexity, which acknowledges that there are limits to what we can know, Kenneth L. Mossman opens the door to understanding essential life processes in new and extraordinary ways. By tying together evolution, functional dynamics, and investigations into how the body processes energyand uses genetic information, Mossman's analysis expresses a unified theory of biology that fills a critical niche for future research in biology, medicine, and public health.

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Living systems exhibit a fundamental contradiction: they are highly stable and reliable, yet they have the capacity to adapt to changing environmental conditions. This paradoxical behavior arises from the complexity of life--a high degree of order and cooperation that emerges from relativelysimple interactions among cellular components...

Kenneth L. Mossman is former Professor of Health Physics in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, and had served as an Administrative Judge for the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In 2013, he was appointed by the President of the United States to the Defense Nuclear Fa...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 0.12 × 0.12 × 0.12 inPublished:October 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199330344

ISBN - 13:9780199330348

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