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How the Leopard Changed Its Spots : The Evolution of Complexity - Brian Goodwin

How the Leopard Changed Its Spots

The Evolution of Complexity

Paperback Published: 18th February 2001
ISBN: 9780691088099
Number Of Pages: 275

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Do genes explain life? Can advances in evolutionary and molecular biology account for what we look like, how we behave, and why we die? In this powerful intervention into current biological thinking, Brian Goodwin argues that such genetic reductionism has important limits.

Drawing on the sciences of complexity, the author shows how an understanding of the self-organizing patterns of networks is necessary for making sense of nature. Genes are important, but only as part of a process constrained by environment, physical laws, and the universal tendencies of complex adaptive systems. In a new preface for this edition, Goodwin reflects on the advances in both genetics and the sciences of complexity since the book's original publication.

"[Goodwin's] book genuinely illuminates the mysteries of biological development."--David Papineau, New York Times

Preface to the Princeton Science Library Editionp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xix
Whatever Happened to Organisms?p. 1
How the Leopard Got Its Spotsp. 18
Life, the Excitable Mediump. 42
Living Form in the Makingp. 77
The Evolution of Generic Formsp. 115
New Directions, New metaphorsp. 169
A Science of Qualitiesp. 196
Referencesp. 238
Further Readingp. 242
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780691088099
ISBN-10: 0691088098
Series: Princeton Science Library (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 275
Published: 18th February 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Type: Revised