The Principles of Life

Hardcover | April 5, 2005

byTibor GantiEditorEors Szathmary, James Griesemer

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The exact scientific answer to these ancient questions are indispensable preconditions for the understanding of the origins of life, for the artificial synthesis of living systems, but also for some important social problems, such as the beginning and the end of the human life etc.Professor Ganti offers a radically novel approach to the problem: based on his theory of fluid (chemical) automata he proves that all living systems are basically program controlled self-reproducing fluid automata and that such automata behave as living systems. The simplest such construction-thechemoton-behaves as living, and all living systems have chemoton type organisation. This means that the chemoton model is the minimum model of life. The technical details have been published elsewhere: in this volume the logical train of though is presented in a clear and easily understandablemanner. The first part gives a general view of the idea; the second shows its application to the biogenesis, the third gives the background of the theory in the natural philosophy of sciences.Ganti's chemical perspective captures the fundamentally cyclic organization of the living state, offers a fresh approach to the ancient problem of life criteria", and articulates a philosophy of the units of life applicable to genetics, chemistry, evolutionary biology, and exact theoretical biology"New essays by Eors Szathmary and James Griesemer on the biological and philosophical significance of Ganti's work indicate its enduring theoretical significance, continuing relevance and heuristic power. New notes throughout the text bring this legacy into dialogue with current thought in biologyand philosophy.

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The exact scientific answer to these ancient questions are indispensable preconditions for the understanding of the origins of life, for the artificial synthesis of living systems, but also for some important social problems, such as the beginning and the end of the human life etc.Professor Ganti offers a radically novel approach to th...

Tibor Ganti is retired. Eors Szathmary is at Collegium Budapest (Institute for Advanced Study), Budapest, Hungary. James Griesemer is in the Department of Philosophy, University of California, Davis, USA.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:220 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:April 5, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Levels of Life and Death Ganti: The Nature of Life Ganti: The Unitary Theory of Life Ganti: The Biological Significance of Ganti's work in 1971 and today Eors Szathmary: The philosophical Significance of Ganti's work James R Griesemer: ReferencesIndex