The Systems View of Life

A Unifying Vision

by Fritjof Capra, Pier Luigi Luisi

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  • 9781107011366
  • 9781139698627
  • 9781139861625
Over the past thirty years, a new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science. New emphasis has been given to complexity, networks, and patterns of organisation, leading to a novel kind of 'systemic' thinking. This volume integrates the ideas, models, and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework. Taking a broad sweep through history and across scientific disciplines, the authors examine the appearance of key concepts such as autopoiesis, dissipative structures, social networks, and a systemic understanding of evolution. The implications of the systems view of life for health care, management, and our global ecological and economic crises are also discussed. Written primarily for undergraduates, it is also essential reading for graduate students and researchers interested in understanding the new systemic conception of life and its implications for a broad range of professions - from economics and politics to medicine, psychology and law.
  • Cambridge University Press; April 2014
  • ISBN: 9781139698627
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  • Title: The Systems View of Life
  • Author: Fritjof Capra; Pier Luigi Luisi
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781107011366
  • 9781139698627
  • 9781139861625

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'A magisterial study of the scientific basis for an integrated worldview grounded in the wholeness that generations of one-eyed reductionists could not see. The authors succeed brilliantly!' David W. Orr, Oberlin College