ISBN 9781107521445,The Systems View of Life : A Unifying Vision

The Systems View of Life : A Unifying Vision



Cambridge University Press

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9781107521445

ISBN-10 1107521440

Paper Back

Number of Pages 512 Pages
Language (English)

Literature fiction

Over the past thirty years, a new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science. New emphasis has been given to complexity, networks and patterns of organization leading to a novel kind of systemic' thinking. This volume integrates the ideas, models and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework. Taking a broad sweep through history and across scientific disciplines, the authors examine the appearance of key concepts such as autopoiesis, dissipative structures, social networks and a systemic understanding of evolution. The implications of the systems view of life for health care, management and our global ecological and economic crises are also discussed. Written primarily for undergraduates, it is also essential reading for graduate students and researchers interested in understanding the new systemic conception of life and its implications for a broad range of professions - from economics and politics to medicine, psychology and law.