Signs of Life: How Complexity Pervades Biology

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Index
Adami, Chris, 272-73
adaptive walks, 258
Abduction from the Seraglio ( Mozart), 50
Acetabularia, 62
AIDS, 212-14,218n. 3
Alberts, Bruce, 75
AlChemy, 239
Algorithmic Beauty of Sea Shells, The ( Meinhardt), 85
Alice Through the Looking Glass ( Carroll), 254
Alonso, David, 202
amoebas, 25-26; and spatial patterns, 22-24, 25. See also excitable media
Anderson, Philip, 18, 19
antagonistic balance, 100
Aristotle, 63
army ant raids, 149-50, 165-66; and "bivouacs" 165; among different species, 168-70; and modeling patterns, 166-68, 171, 172
Arrhenius equation, 100
Arthur, Brian, 280, 282
Ashby, Ross, 197
autocatalytic set, 233-34
avalanches, 55
Babloyantz, Agnes, 135
bacillus subtilis, 64
bacteria, 62-64; metabolism, 66-68
Bak , Per, 53-54, 200, 256, 263-64
Barro Colorado Island rainforest, 204-5
Bascompte, Jordi, 188
basin of attraction, 128
behavior, self-organizing, 18
Bénard cells, 13-15, 16, 17, 27
Bénard fluid instability, 139
Ben-Jacob, Eshel, 64
Berger, Hans, 132
Bernard, Claude, 89, 90
Berrill, N.J., 61
biological clocks, 94-98
biological organization, 62
biological pigmentation patterns, 86
Boerjlist, Maarten, 230, 232
Boltzmann entropy. See entropy
Boolean functions, 77-78. See also canalization; genes, and Boolean functions
brain: damage, 121; memory storage, 122, 131; phase transitions in, 139-45; study by computers, 122; tomography, 121
Brown, James, 181
Burgess Shale, 243-44
Burlando, Bruno, 256, 268
Burns, James, 68, 70-71
Cambrian Period, 243, 273-75
Cambrian "big bang," 245-47, 301
Camus, Albert, 211
canalization, 75-76, 78
cardiac arrest, 108
Career in Theoretical Physics, A ( Anderson), 18
Carroll, Lewis, 254
Catherwood, Frederic, 277
Caton, Richard, 132
cause and effect, 1
cell division, 64
cells, dynamic complexity in, 64-66
cell-to-cell adhesion, 26-27
chaos, 27; in ant colonies, 157-64; deterministic, 7, 63-64; and history, 277-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • One - Nonlinearity, Chaos, and Emergence 1
  • Two - Order, Complexity, Disorder 29
  • Three - Genetic Networks, Cell Differentiation, and Development 61
  • Four - Physiology on the Edge of Chaos 89
  • Five - Brain Dynamics 119
  • Six - Ants, Brains, and Chaos 147
  • Seven - The Baroque of Nature 179
  • Eight - Life on the Edge of Catastrophe 211
  • Nine - Evolution and Extinction 243
  • Ten - Fractal Cities and Market Crashes 277
  • Notes 305
  • Index 317
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