Reflections on a Theory of Organisms

ISBN-10: 0801859700
ISBN-13: 9780801859700
Authors: Walter M. Elsasser, Harry Rubin
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Are living organisms--as Descartes argued--just machines? Or is the nature of life such that it can never be fully explained by mechanistic models? In this thought-provoking and controversial book, eminent geophysicist Walter M. Elsasser argues that the behavior of living organisms cannot be reduced to physico-chemical causality. Suggesting that molecular biology today is at the same point as Newtonian physics on the eve of the quantum revolution, Elsasser lays the foundation for a theoretical biology that points the way toward a natural philosophy of organic life. Explicitly repudiating "vitalism" (the notion that the laws of nature need to be modified when applied to living organisms),…    
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Binding: Paperback Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press Number of pages: 192 Dimensions: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall Weight: 0.594 lbs. Language: English