From Strange Simplicity to Complex Familiarity (häftad)
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From Strange Simplicity to Complex Familiarity (häftad)

From Strange Simplicity to Complex Familiarity

A Treatise on Matter, Information, Life and Thought

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This book presents a vivid argument for the almost lost idea of a unity of all natural sciences. This unity engenders the "complex familiarity" of the world in which we live and which can be described in "strangely simple" theoretical terms, leading to surprising new insights into the mysterious phenomenon of life.
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Contemporary Physics A very special, fascinating and unique book. It is difficult to imagine a reader who would not learn something new and deep in this book. The book constitutes a true tour de force [and] would definitely be of broad interest to the general public, students, professors, scientists, and those with a sufficient science background who are interested in current, state-of-the-art science.

Arne Traulsen, Science In his treatise From Strange Simplicity to Complex Familiarity, which he has worked on for 15 years, Nobelist Manfred Eigen aims to integrate current scientific knowledge from different fields to show that evolution is a physical process based on clear physical laws. [] The book offers a joyful but not shallow route through the complications that arise on the way from elementary particle physics to complex forms of life. The author enriches the book with many
personal stories, included just for fun.

David Krakauer, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery This is a book written by a very important contributor to evolutionary theory and the prebiotic chemistry of the origin of life, where the boundaries between physics, chemistry and biology become entangled. Eigen's quest has been to identify the critical transitions between chemistry and biology. In this encyclopedic book, information plays a central role, in particular, the way information is preserved through mechanisms of genetic replication and repair. The core
of Eigen's project has been the error threshold theory, and its theoretical tributaries including hypercycles, virus replication strategies and genetic phase transitions. These approaches form the conceptual background of the book and provide a foundation for Eigen's far reaching intellectual
explorations into living systems.

Jack D. Dunitz, Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, ETH Zurich Here, finally, is the book from Manfred Eigen that we have been awaiting for so many years.

Robert M May, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford The physical sciences, often called the "hard sciences", are really the easy ones. They are underpinned by conservation laws and invariance principles in ways that differ from the biological, and even more the social, sciences. Eigen's book aims to show that natural selection is a true physical principle, working via error-prone replication. Both "stability of information" and the selection of advantageous alternatives require that such errors be kept below some
threshold value. And this, in turn, leads to the conclusion that evolutionary processes can ultimately be described "by a system of non-linear differential equations which [are] generally solvable". In short, the life sciences are harder than the physical sciences, but ultimately they are very similar.
This is a clearly written, ambitious and important book. It deserves a wide readership.

Peter Atkins, University of Oxford One of the deepest problems of nature is how life emerges ...

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Manfred Eigen, Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Gottingen, Germany


1: Matter and Energy 2: Energy and Entropy 3: Entropy and Information 4: Information and Complexity 5: Complexity and Self-Organisation Appendix to Chapter 1 Appendix to Chapter 2 Appendix to Chapter 3 Appendix to Chapter 4 Appendix to Chapter 5