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

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Anchor Books, 1996 - Science - 347 pages
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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.[from the publisher].

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In previous books (The Tao of Physics, Shambhala, 1991; Belonging to the Universe, LJ 2/1/92), Capra was never timid about expounding grand, scientific/philosophical theories of the physical universe ... Read full review

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This is my first exposure to Fritjof Capra, and I am greatly impressed with his ability to put the concept of networks in a context that applies to organisms, ecosystems, human social structures, economies and the Earth as self organizing and self perpetuating structures. He presents these structures as networks described by nonlinear mathematics, chaos theory and fractal geometry, in an exciting and understandable way. There are far reaching implications that may be drawn from the concept of the emergence of new and unpredictable levels of organization in systems far from equilibrium. I would say this is a must read for any student of the philosophy of science.
It has changed my perspective in interesting ways, and given me a banquet of new ideas.


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Fritjof Capra is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, and serves on the faculty of Schumacher College (UK). He is a physicist and systems theorist, and has been engaged in a systematic examination of the philosophical and social implications of contemporary science for the past 35 years.

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