Self-Organizing Systems

The Emergence of Order

  • F. Eugene Yates
  • Alan Garfinkel
  • Donald O. Walter
  • Gregory B. Yates

Part of the Life Science Monographs book series (LSMO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages vii-xix
  2. General Introduction

    1. F. Eugene Yates
      Pages 1-14
  3. Examples of Evolving Physical Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Harry Soodak
      Pages 17-31
    3. Arthur S. Iberall
      Pages 33-47
  4. Genesis and Evolution of Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-52
    2. Harold J. Morowitz
      Pages 53-64
    3. Leslie E. Orgel
      Pages 65-74
    4. Peter Schuster, Karl Sigmund
      Pages 75-111
  5. Differentiation, Morphogenesis, and Death of Organisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-132
    2. William B. Wood
      Pages 133-151
    3. Vladimir Glišin, Ana Savić, Radomir Crkvenjakov, Sabera Ruždijić, Nevenka Bajković-Moškov
      Pages 153-165
    4. Brian C. Goodwin
      Pages 167-180
  6. Networks, Neural Organization, and Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-239
    2. Richard Bellman, Ramin Roosta
      Pages 241-244
    3. Gunther S. Stent
      Pages 245-263
    4. Christoph von der Malsburg
      Pages 265-277
    5. Michael A. Arbib
      Pages 279-311
  7. Epistemology of Self-Organization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-314
    2. Francisco J. Ayala
      Pages 315-324
  8. Control Theory View of Self-Organization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-350
    2. Rajko Tomović
      Pages 399-407
  9. Extensions of Physical Views of Self-Organization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 471-474
    2. Hermann Haken
      Pages 417-434
    3. Philip W. Anderson, Daniel L. Stein
      Pages 445-457
    4. Harry Soodak, Arthur S. Iberall
      Pages 459-469
  10. Extensions of Physical Views of Self-Organization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 471-474
    2. Eduardo R. Caianiello
      Pages 475-488
    3. Charles Arthur Musès
      Pages 489-497
    4. Arthur S. Iberall, Harry Soodak
      Pages 499-520
    5. Arthur S. Iberall
      Pages 521-540
  11. Topological Representation of Self-Organization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 541-542
    2. Ralph H. Abraham, Christopher D. Shaw
      Pages 543-597
    3. Ralph H. Abraham
      Pages 599-613
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 617-649

About this book


Technological systems become organized by commands from outside, as when human intentions lead to the building of structures or machines. But many nat­ ural systems become structured by their own internal processes: these are the self­ organizing systems, and the emergence of order within them is a complex phe­ nomenon that intrigues scientists from all disciplines. Unfortunately, complexity is ill-defined. Global explanatory constructs, such as cybernetics or general sys­ tems theory, which were intended to cope with complexity, produced instead a grandiosity that has now, mercifully, run its course and died. Most of us have become wary of proposals for an "integrated, systems approach" to complex matters; yet we must come to grips with complexity some­ how. Now is a good time to reexamine complex systems to determine whether or not various scientific specialties can discover common principles or properties in them. If they do, then a fresh, multidisciplinary attack on the difficulties would be a valid scientific task. Believing that complexity is a proper scientific issue, and that self-organizing systems are the foremost example, R. Tomovic, Z. Damjanovic, and I arranged a conference (August 26-September 1, 1979) in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, to address self-organizing systems. We invited 30 participants from seven countries. Included were biologists, geologists, physicists, chemists, mathematicians, bio­ physicists, and control engineers. Participants were asked not to bring manu­ scripts, but, rather, to present positions on an assigned topic. Any writing would be done after the conference, when the writers could benefit from their experi­ ences there.


behavior biology complex system cybernetics evolution lead living systems macromolecules molecular biology molecule self-organization structure the origin theory of evolution thermodynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • F. Eugene Yates
    • 1
  • Alan Garfinkel
    • 2
  • Donald O. Walter
    • 3
  • Gregory B. Yates
    • 4
  1. 1.Crump Institute for Medical EngineeringUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of KinesiologyUnivesity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Chemical Electrophysiology Laboratory Neuropsychiatric Institute and HospitalUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Crump Institute for Medical EngineeringUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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