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What is life?. New Horizons in Integrated Complex System Sciences

  • ID: 4471636
  • Book
  • December 2020
  • 600 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Like any large interactive non–living system exhibiting global features, complex life phenomena cannot be fully understood by analyzing parts separately. We need a paradigm shift to live in our complex emergent world. This long–standing problem has attracted many physicists especially since Erwin Schrodinger published the famous book What is Life? in 1944. The broad goal of this book, is not a reduction of biology to physics, but a profound understanding of complex systems and of their physical basis. Generally, physicists do not know biological terminology, and biologists are not familiar with physical laws, the terminology being completely different. In this book, the author aims to present an integrated view of complex systems for a variety of readers in complex system science (physics, biology, mathematics, chemistry, material sciences, engineering, etc.).

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1. Introduction –

From physics to biology and metabiology

2. The breakdowns of traditional concepts in life science –

Beyond gene centric view

3. The beginning of life out of the missing boundaries of life and death

4. Paradigm shift in 19th century

5. Foundation of natural selectionist views

6. Paradigm shifts in 20th century

7. The breakdowns of gene–centric view and selectionnist perspective

8. Alzheimer′s Disease and prion disease as subcellular ′cancer?

9. Aging as intrain dividual evolution

10. Polymorphism

11. Origins of life

12. Life science in 21st century

13. Evolution of mind and its aging

14. Motility and sensation

15. Beyond neuron–centric view

16. Liquid biochemistry v.s. living crystals

17. Amplification and universal control mechanism

18. Bioelectromagnetism and regulation

19. Self–organized criticality

20. Consciousness and unconsciousness

21. Environment

22. Conclusions
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Masatoshi Murase
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