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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User Review  - qgil - LibraryThing

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

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

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 EcologyA New Paradigm
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Part Two THE RISE OF SYSTEMS THINKING
15
From the Parts to the Whole
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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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