The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems

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Anchor Books, 1997 - Science - 347 pages
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The vitality and accessibility of Fritjof Capra's ideas have made him perhaps the most eloquent spokesperson of the latest findings emerging at the frontiers of scientific, social, and philosophical thought. In his international bestsellers The Tao of Physics and The Turning Point, he juxtaposed physics and mysticism to define a new vision of reality. In The Web of Life, Capra takes yet another giant step, setting forth a new scientific language to describe interrelationships and interdependence of psychological, biological, physical, social, and cultural phenomena--the "web of life."



During the past twenty-five years, scientists have challenged conventional views of evolution and the organization of living systems and have developed new theories with revolutionary philosophical and social implications. Fritjof Capra has been at the forefront of this revolution. In The Web of Life, Capra offers a brilliant synthesis of such recent scientific breakthroughs as the theory of complexity, Gaia theory, chaos theory, and other explanations of the properties of organisms, social systems, and ecosystems. Capra's surprising findings stand in stark contrast to accepted paradigms of mechanism and Darwinism and provide an extraordinary new foundation for ecological policies that will allow us to build and sustain communities without diminishing the opportunities for future generations.



Now available in paperback for the first time, The Web of Life is cutting-edge science writing in the tradition of James Gleick's Chaos, Gregory Bateson's Mind and Matter, and Ilya Prigogine's Order Out of Chaos.
 

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A highly inspiring book, providing an overview of the trends in several interconnected fields, from geology and microbiology to physics and sociology. I enjoyed The Tao of Physics years ago just as much as I have enjoyed this one these days. Read full review

THE WEB OF LIFE: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems

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The acclaimed author of The Tao of Physics puts modern biology and ecology under his revisionist scrutiny. Capra's whole approach is based on the premise that earlier schools of science falsely ... Read full review

Contents

Deep Ecology A New Paradigm
3
PART Two THE RISE OF SYSTEMS THINKING
15
From the Parts to the Whole
17
CHAPTER 3
36
The Logic of the Mind
51
Part THREE THE PIECES OF THE PUZZLE
73
Models of SelfOrganization
75
The Mathematics of Complexity
112
CHAPTER 8
172
Dissipative Structures
177
CHAPTER 9
194
The Unfolding of Life
222
Bringing Forth a World
264
Ecological Literacy
297
Bateson Revisited
305
Bibliography
325

Part Four THE NATURE OF LIFE
155
A New Synthesis
157

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Fritjof Capra, PhD, physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California. Capra is the author of several international bestsellers, including The Tao of Physics (1975), The Web of Life (1996), The Hidden Connections (2002), The Science of Leonardo (2007), and Learning from Leonardo (2013). He is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California and has been the focus of television documentaries and magazine features. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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