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How the Leopard Changed its Spots
Author: Brian Goodwin

ISBN: 9780691088099
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 275
Published: 14 February 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6 x 1.5
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Do genes explain life? Can advances in evolutionary and molecular biology account for what we look like, how we behave, and why we die? In this powerful intervention into current biological thinking, Brian Goodwin argues that such genetic reductionism has important limits.

Drawing on the sciences of complexity, the author shows how an understanding of the self-organizing patterns of networks is necessary for making sense of nature. Genes are important, but only as part of a process constrained by environment, physical laws, and the universal tendencies of complex adaptive systems. In a new preface for this edition, Goodwin reflects on the advances in both genetics and the sciences of complexity since the book's original publication.

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