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Complexity and the Arrow of Time

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  • 14 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 368 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.73 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 003
  • Dewey version: 23
  • LC Classification: Q175.32.C65 C64 2013
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Complexity (Philosophy)
    • Science--Philosophy
    • SCIENCE / Physics.--bisacsh

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Complexity and the Arrow of Time
Cambridge University Press
9781107027251 - Complexity and the Arrow of Time - Edited by Charles H. Lineweaver, Paul C. W. Davies and Michael Ruse
Table of Contents

Contents

Author biographies
vii
Part I    Introduction
1
1         What is complexity? Is it increasing?
Charles H. Lineweaver, Paul C. W. Davies, and Michael Ruse
3
Part II   Cosmological and physical perspectives
17
2         Directionality principles from cancer to cosmology
Paul C. W. Davies
19
3         A simple treatment of complexity: cosmological entropic boundary conditions on increasing complexity
Charles H. Lineweaver
42
4         Using complexity science to search for unity in the natural sciences
Eric J. Chaisson
68
5         On the spontaneous generation of complexity in the universe
Seth Lloyd
80
6         Emergent spatiotemporal complexity in field theory
Marcelo Gleiser
113
Part III  Biological complexity, evolution, and information
133
7         Life: the final frontier for complexity?
Simon Conway Morris
135
8         Evolution beyond Newton, Darwin, and entailing law: the origin of complexity in the evolving biosphere
Stuart A. Kauffman
162
9         Emergent order in processes: the interplay of complexity, robustness, correlation, and hierarchy in the biosphere
Eric Smith
191
10        The inferential evolution of biological complexity: forgetting nature by learning to nurture
David Krakauer
224
11        Information width: a way for the second law to increase complexity
David H. Wolpert
246
Part IV   Philosophical perspectives
277
12        Wrestling with biological complexity: from Darwin to Dawkins
Michael Ruse
279
13        The role of generative entrenchment and robustness in the evolution of complexity
W. C. Wimsatt
308
14        On the plurality of complexity-producing mechanisms
Philip Clayton
332
Index
352



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