Modularity: Understanding the Development and Evolution of Natural Complex Systems - Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology (Paperback)
  • Modularity: Understanding the Development and Evolution of Natural Complex Systems - Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology (Paperback)
zoom

Modularity: Understanding the Development and Evolution of Natural Complex Systems - Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology (Paperback)

(editor), (editor), (foreword)
£50.00
Paperback 472 Pages / Published: 21/08/2009
  • Not available

This product is currently unavailable

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
Experts from diverse fields, including artificial life, cognitive science, economics, developmental and evolutionary biology, and the arts, discuss modularity. Modularity-the attempt to understand systems as integrations of partially independent and interacting units-is today a dominant theme in the life sciences, cognitive science, and computer science. The concept goes back at least implicitly to the Scientific (or Copernican) Revolution, and can be found behind later theories of phrenology, physiology, and genetics; moreover, art, engineering, and mathematics rely on modular design principles. This collection broadens the scientific discussion of modularity by bringing together experts from a variety of disciplines, including artificial life, cognitive science, economics, evolutionary computation, developmental and evolutionary biology, linguistics, mathematics, morphology, paleontology, physics, theoretical chemistry, philosophy, and the arts. The contributors debate and compare the uses of modularity, discussing the different disciplinary contexts of "modular thinking" in general (including hierarchical organization, near-decomposability, quasi-independence, and recursion) or of more specialized concepts (including character complex, gene family, encapsulation, and mosaic evolution); what modules are, why and how they develop and evolve, and the implication for the research agenda in the disciplines involved; and how to bring about useful cross-disciplinary knowledge transfer on the topic. The book includes a foreword by the late Herbert A. Simon addressing the role of near-decomposability in understanding complex systems.

Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780262513265
Number of pages: 472
Weight: 839 g
Dimensions: 229 x 178 x 24 mm

You may also be interested in...

On the Origin of Species
Added to basket
Introducing Evolution
Added to basket
It Was Snowing Butterflies
Added to basket
Climbing Mount Improbable
Added to basket
Why Evolution is True
Added to basket
River Out of Eden
Added to basket
On Natural Selection
Added to basket
Darwin's Ghosts
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Biocentrism
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Arrival of the Fittest
Added to basket
The Origin of Species
Added to basket
Origin Of The Species
Added to basket
On the Origin of Species
Added to basket
1493
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Greatest Show on Earth
Added to basket
The Sixth Extinction
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.