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The emergence of everything : how the world became complex

Author: Harold J Morowitz
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
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Bringing complexity theory to a work of popular science, Morowitz (biology and natural philosophy, George Mason U.) treats the phenomenon of emergence, in which greater complexity leads to systems that are greater than the sum of their parts. Morowitz presents a series of 28 examples of emergence, beginning with the primordium and proceeding through large-scale universal structure, the elements, planets, the  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Harold J Morowitz
ISBN: 019513513X 9780195135138
OCLC Number: 49698870
Description: viii, 209 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The Emergence of Emergence --
Ideas of Emergence --
The Twenty-Eight Steps --
The First Emergence: The Primordium--Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing? --
The Second Step: Making a Nonuniform Universe --
The Emergence of Stars --
The Periodic Table --
Planetary Accretion: The Solar System --
Planetary Structure --
The Geospheres --
The Emergence of Metabolism --
Cells --
Cells with Organelles --
Multicellularity --
The Neuron --
Animalness --
Chordateness --
Vertebrates --
Crossing the Geospheres: From Fish to Amphibians --
Reptiles --
Mammals --
The Niche --
Arboreal Mammals --
Primates --
The Great Apes --
Hominization and Competitive Exclusion in Hominids --
Toolmaking --
Language --
Agriculture --
Technology and Urbanization --
Philosophy --
The Spirit --
Analyzing Emergence --
Athens and Jerusalem --
Science and Religion --
The Task Ahead.
Other Titles: How the world became complex
Responsibility: Harold J. Morowitz.
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Looks at the history of the universe, explaining the succession of steps in the emergence of complexity. This book is a contribution to the dialogue between science and religion, as well as an  Read more...


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