Anticipatory Systems: Philosophical, Mathematical, and Methodological Foundations

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Springer Science & Business Media, Feb 2, 2012 - Mathematics - 472 pages
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Robert Rosen was not only a biologist, he was also a brilliant mathematician whose extraordinary contributions to theoretical biology were tremendous. Founding, with this book, the area of Anticipatory Systems Theory is a remarkable outcome of his work in theoretical biology.

This second edition of his book Anticipatory Systems, has been carefully revised and edited, and includes an Introduction by Judith Rosen. It has also been expanded with a set of Prolegomena by Dr. Mihai Nadin, who offers an historical survey of this fast growing field since the original work was published. There is also some exciting new work, in the form of an additional chapter on the Ontology of Anticipation, by Dr. John Kineman. An addendum-- with autobiographical reminiscences by Robert Rosen, himself, and a short story by Judith Rosen about her father-- adds a personal touch.

This work, now available again, serves as the guiding foundations for the growing field of Anticipatory Systems and, indeed, any area of science that deals with living organisms in some way, including the study of Life and Mind. It will also be of interest to graduate students and researchers in the field of Systems Science.

 

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Contents

Preface to the Second EditionThe Nature of Life
xi
Prolegomena What Speaks in Favor of an Inquiry into Anticipatory Processes?
xv
Chapter 1 Preliminaries
1
Chapter 2 Natural and Formal Systems
45
Chapter 3 The Modeling Relation
85
Chapter 4 The Encodings of Time
213
Chapter 5 Open Systems and the Modeling Relation
260
Chapter 6 Anticipatory Systems
313
Chapter 7 Appendix
371
Chapter 8 Relational Science Towards a Unified Theory of Nature
399
Autobiographical Reminiscences
420
The Devils Advocate
439
The Devils Advocate
441
Index
469
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