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Templets and the Explanation of Complex Patterns

  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521096027


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  • Where does the particular form or configuration of a pattern come from, and how is it propagated from pattern to pattern? Templets and the Explanation of Complex Patterns provides a natural language for analysing such questions. Using it, the organisational forces that underlie the fabrication of any pattern can be divided into two classes. First, there are the 'universal laws' of pattern assembly, the configurational rules and constraints inherent within the fabric of the pattern elements themselves. Second, there are the 'templets' - external, situational constraints imposed on the pattern elements. From the perspective of templeting, simple patterns can be directly contrasted with complex patterns: the former are completely determined by their universal laws, whereas the latter also require extensive templets. Natural patterns range along the entire spectrum from simple to complex, and the most complex of these include both random patterns and many biological patterns.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521096027
    • length: 140 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.19kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Scientific abstractions
    2. The nature of explanation
    3. Configurational explanations
    4. Templeting
    5. Self-assembly
    6. Rules for configurational explanations
    7. Simple, complex and random
    8. Reductionism.

  • Author

    Michael J. Katz

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