The Organic Codes: An Introduction to Semantic Biology

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Dezember 2002



Asserting that there are many more organic codes in nature than just the genetic code, Marcello Barbieri states that the existence of these codes and their corresponding organic memories can be used to explain the key steps in the evolutionary history of life. With major events corresponding to the appearance of new codes, the organic codes and their corresponding organic memories can also shed new light on the problems of epigenesis and how embryos generate their own complexity.


Foreword Michael Ghiselin; Dedication; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The microscope and the cell; 2. Theories of evolution; 3. A new model for biology; 4. Organic codes and organic memories; 5. The origin of life; 6. Prokaryotes and eukaryotes; 7. The Cambrian explosion; 8. Semantic biology; 9. A brief summary; Appendix I. Definitions of life; Afterword Jack Cohen; Bibliography; Index.


Professor Barbieri is based in the Department of Morphology and Embryology at the University of Ferrara, Italy.


Advance praise: 'It looked so intriguing that I started reading it on the way home. Luckily for me, the bus was late... It is really fascinating.' Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 'I'm reading it almost as if it were a thriller.' Abraham Minsky, The Weizman Institute of Science '... truly stimulating ... clear and succinct, and the content genuinely novel.' Robert Aunger, University of Cambridge 'It belongs to the mainstream of biological thought and finds its proper place among the works of Karl Ernst von Baer, Charles Darwin, and August Weismann.' Michael Ghiselin, from the Foreword '... this is a recommended read for anyone from 'A' level and upwards, if only because it might well spark off some new directions for both researchers and students.' Focus
EAN: 9780521824149
ISBN: 0521824141
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2002
Seitenanzahl: 316 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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