The Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution

Paperback | June 1, 1993

byStuart A. Kauffman

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Stuart Kauffman here presents a brilliant new paradigm for evolutionary biology, one that extends the basic concepts of Darwinian evolution to accommodate recent findings and perspectives from the fields of biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics. The book drives to the heart of theexciting debate on the origins of life and maintenance of order in complex biological systems. It focuses on the concept of self-organization: the spontaneous emergence of order that is widely observed throughout nature Kauffman argues that self-organization plays an important role in the Darwinianprocess of natural selection. Yet until now no systematic effort has been made to incorporate the concept of self-organization into evolutionary theory. The construction requirements which permit complex systems to adapt are poorly understood, as is the extent to which selection itself can yieldsystems able to adapt more successfully. This book explores these themes. It shows how complex systems, contrary to expectations, can spontaneously exhibit stunning degrees of order, and how this order, in turn, is essential for understanding the emergence and development of life on Earth. Topicsinclude the new biotechnology of applied molecular evolution, with its important implications for developing new drugs and vaccines; the balance between order and chaos observed in many naturally occurring systems; new insights concerning the predictive power of statistical mechanics in biology; andother major issues. Indeed, the approaches investigated here may prove to be the new center around which biological science itself will evolve. The work is written for all those interested in the cutting edge of research in the life sciences.

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Kauffman here presents a brilliant new paradigm for evolutionary biology, one that extends the basic concepts of Darwinian evolution to accommodate recent findings and perspectives from the fields of biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics. The book drives to the heart of the exciting debate on the origins of life and maintenance ...

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Stuart Kauffman here presents a brilliant new paradigm for evolutionary biology, one that extends the basic concepts of Darwinian evolution to accommodate recent findings and perspectives from the fields of biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics. The book drives to the heart of theexciting debate on the origins of life and mainte...

Stuart Kauffman, M.D., is a MacArthur Fellow, and a philosopher, biologist, evolutionary theorist, and one of the founders of the discipline known as complexity.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:734 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 1.42 inPublished:June 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Conceptual Outline of Current Evolutionary TheoryPART I: Adaptation on the Edge of Chaos2. The Structure of Rugged Fitness Landscapes3. Biological Implications of Rugged Fitness Landscapes4. The Structure of Adaptive Landscapes Underlying Protein Evolution5. Self Organization and Adaptation in Complex Systems6. Coevolving Complex SystemsPART II: The Crystallization of Life7. The Origins of Life: A New View8. The Origin of a Connected Metabolism9. Autocatalytic Polynucleotide Systems: Hypercycles, Spin Glasses and Coding10. Random GrammarsPART III: Order and Ontogeny11. The Architecture of Genetic Regulatory Circuits and Its Evolution12. Differentiation: The Dynamical Behaviors of Genetic Regulatory Networks13. Selection for Gene Expression in Cell Type14. Morphology, Maps and the Spatial Ordering of Integrated Tissues

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Kauffman here presents a brilliant new paradigm for evolutionary biology, one that extends the basic concepts of Darwinian evolution to accommodate recent findings and perspectives from the fields of biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics. The book drives to the heart of the exciting debate on the origins of life and maintenance of order in complex biological systems. It explores the concept of self-organization into evolutionary theory--the extent to which selection itself can yield systems able to adapt more successfull. The approaches investigated here may prove to be the new center around which biological science itself may evolove. The work is written for all those interested in the cutting edge of research in the life sciences, including students and researchers in the fields of physics, biophysics, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell and developmental biophysics, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell and developmental biology, ecology, mathematics, philosophy, computer science, and social science. 273 illustration

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"I rarely agree with Stuart Kauffman, but I always enjoy arguing with him. If you are interested in novel theories, buy this book--you will find lots of ideas worth wrestling with." --Leslie E. Orgel, The Salk Institute