A World Beyond Physics: The Emergence and Evolution of Life

)  
9780190871338: A World Beyond Physics: The Emergence and Evolution of Life
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

How did life start? Is the evolution of life describable by any physics-like laws? Stuart Kauffman's latest book offers an explanation-beyond what the laws of physics can explain-of the progression from a complex chemical environment to molecular reproduction, metabolism and to early protocells, and further evolution to what we recognize as life. Among the estimated one hundred billion solar systems in the known universe, evolving life is surely abundant. That evolution is a process of "becoming" in each case. Since Newton, we have turned to physics to assess reality. But physics alone cannot tell us where we came from, how we arrived, and why our world has evolved past the point of unicellular organisms to an extremely complex biosphere.

Building on concepts from his work as a complex systems researcher at the Santa Fe Institute, Kauffman focuses in particular on the idea of cells constructing themselves and introduces concepts such as "constraint closure." Living systems are defined by the concept of "organization" which has not been focused on in enough in previous works. Cells are autopoetic systems that build themselves: they literally construct their own constraints on the release of energy into a few degrees of freedom that constitutes the very thermodynamic work by which they build their own self creating constraints. Living cells are "machines" that construct and assemble their own working parts. The emergence of such systems-the origin of life problem-was probably a spontaneous phase transition to self-reproduction in complex enough prebiotic systems. The resulting protocells were capable of Darwin's heritable variation, hence open-ended evolution by natural selection. Evolution propagates this burgeoning organization. Evolving living creatures, by existing, create new niches into which yet further new creatures can emerge. If life is abundant in the universe, this self-constructing, propagating, exploding diversity takes us beyond physics to biospheres everywhere.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Stuart Kauffman is a medical doctor, theoretical biologist, and complex systems researcher. He has held professorships at the University of Chicago and University of Pennsylvania and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in evolutionary biology in 1987. He is the author of multiple seminal works including The Origins of Order (1993) At Home in the Universe (1996), Investigations (2002), and Humanity in a Creative Universe (2016).

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Stuart A. Kauffman
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2020)
ISBN 10: 0190871334 ISBN 13: 9780190871338
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2020. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. How did life start? Is the evolution of life describable by any physics-like laws? Stuart Kauffman's latest book offers an explanation-beyond what the laws of physics can explain-of the progression from a complex chemical environment to molecular reproduction, metabolism and to early protocells, and further evolution to what we recognize as life. Among the estimated one hundred billion solar systems in the known universe, evolving life is surely abundant. Thatevolution is a process of "becoming" in each case. Since Newton, we have turned to physics to assess reality. But physics alone cannot tell us where we came from, how we arrived, and why our world has evolved past the point of unicellular organisms to an extremely complex biosphere.Building on concepts from his work as a complex systems researcher at the Santa Fe Institute, Kauffman focuses in particular on the idea of cells constructing themselves and introduces concepts such as "constraint closure." Living systems are defined by the concept of "organization" which has not been focused on in enough in previous works. Cells are autopoetic systems that build themselves: they literally construct their own constraints on the release of energy into a few degrees of freedomthat constitutes the very thermodynamic work by which they build their own self creating constraints. Living cells are "machines" that construct and assemble their own working parts. The emergence of such systems-the origin of life problem-was probably a spontaneous phase transition toself-reproduction in complex enough prebiotic systems. The resulting protocells were capable of Darwin's heritable variation, hence open-ended evolution by natural selection. Evolution propagates this burgeoning organization. Evolving living creatures, by existing, create new niches into which yet further new creatures can emerge. If life is abundant in the universe, this self-constructing, propagating, exploding diversity takes us beyond physics to biospheres everywhere. Seller Inventory # AOP9780190871338

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
16.67
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Kauffman, Stuart A.
ISBN 10: 0190871334 ISBN 13: 9780190871338
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 33916732-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
15.09
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.12
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Kauffman, Stuart A.
Published by OUP USA (2019)
ISBN 10: 0190871334 ISBN 13: 9780190871338
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description OUP USA, 2019. HRD. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # FU-9780190871338

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
18.65
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Kauffman Stuart A.
ISBN 10: 0190871334 ISBN 13: 9780190871338
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
book-net
(Sugarland, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. New Book. Seller Inventory # 0190871334-SBX

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
19.31
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Stuart A Kauffman (author)
Published by OUP USA 2019-07-25, New York, NY (2019)
ISBN 10: 0190871334 ISBN 13: 9780190871338
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)

Book Description OUP USA 2019-07-25, New York, NY, 2019. hardback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9780190871338

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
14.79
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Stuart A. Kauffman
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2020)
ISBN 10: 0190871334 ISBN 13: 9780190871338
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2020. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. How did life start? Is the evolution of life describable by any physics-like laws? Stuart Kauffman's latest book offers an explanation-beyond what the laws of physics can explain-of the progression from a complex chemical environment to molecular reproduction, metabolism and to early protocells, and further evolution to what we recognize as life. Among the estimated one hundred billion solar systems in the known universe, evolving life is surely abundant. Thatevolution is a process of "becoming" in each case. Since Newton, we have turned to physics to assess reality. But physics alone cannot tell us where we came from, how we arrived, and why our world has evolved past the point of unicellular organisms to an extremely complex biosphere.Building on concepts from his work as a complex systems researcher at the Santa Fe Institute, Kauffman focuses in particular on the idea of cells constructing themselves and introduces concepts such as "constraint closure." Living systems are defined by the concept of "organization" which has not been focused on in enough in previous works. Cells are autopoetic systems that build themselves: they literally construct their own constraints on the release of energy into a few degrees of freedomthat constitutes the very thermodynamic work by which they build their own self creating constraints. Living cells are "machines" that construct and assemble their own working parts. The emergence of such systems-the origin of life problem-was probably a spontaneous phase transition toself-reproduction in complex enough prebiotic systems. The resulting protocells were capable of Darwin's heritable variation, hence open-ended evolution by natural selection. Evolution propagates this burgeoning organization. Evolving living creatures, by existing, create new niches into which yet further new creatures can emerge. If life is abundant in the universe, this self-constructing, propagating, exploding diversity takes us beyond physics to biospheres everywhere. Seller Inventory # BZE9780190871338

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
20.85
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Kauffman, Stuart A.
Published by Oxford University Press (2019)
ISBN 10: 0190871334 ISBN 13: 9780190871338
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
booksXpress
(Freehold, NJ, U.S.A.)

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2019. Hardcover. Condition: new. Seller Inventory # 9780190871338

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
25.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Stuart A. Kauffman
ISBN 10: 0190871334 ISBN 13: 9780190871338
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)

Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. Hardcover. How did life start? Is the evolution of life describable by any physics-like laws? Stuart Kauffman's latest book offers an explanation-beyond what the laws of physics can explain-of the pr.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 160 pages. 0.310. Seller Inventory # 9780190871338

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
26.67
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Kauffman, Stuart A.;
Published by Oxford University Press 2019-05-01 (2019)
ISBN 10: 0190871334 ISBN 13: 9780190871338
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Zlimmy
(Vermillion, SD, U.S.A.)

Book Description Oxford University Press 2019-05-01, 2019. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1. Hardcover; Condition: New. U.S Edition otherwise as stated. USPS Media Mail 2-9 Business days, Priority mail upon additional charge. Returns on textbooks: Returns only on books, absolutely no access codes will be returned for any reason. Notes: Used books are unlikely to include supplemental items such as access code or CDs. BOOK. Seller Inventory # B9780190871338_0190871334

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
25.05
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.40
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Kauffman, Stuart A.
ISBN 10: 0190871334 ISBN 13: 9780190871338
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
GreatBookPricesUK
(Castle Donington, DERBY, United Kingdom)

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 33916732-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12.68
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 15
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book