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Life: An Introduction to Complex Systems Biology


Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Kunihiko Kaneko
    Pages 1-36
  3. Kunihiko Kaneko
    Pages 37-46
  4. Kunihiko Kaneko
    Pages 81-109
  5. Kunihiko Kaneko
    Pages 111-133
  6. Kunihiko Kaneko
    Pages 159-192
  7. Kunihiko Kaneko
    Pages 255-279
  8. Kunihiko Kaneko
    Pages 315-347
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 349-371

About this book


What is life? Has molecular biology given us a satisfactory answer to this question? And if not, why, and how to carry on from there?  This book examines life not from the reductionist point of view, but rather asks the question: what are the universal properties of living systems and how can one construct from there a phenomenological theory of life that leads naturally to complex processes such as reproductive cellular systems, evolution and differentiation? The presentation has been deliberately kept fairly non-technical so as to address a broad spectrum of students and researchers from the natural sciences and informatics.


Evolution bioinformation complex systems biology constructive biology dynamical systems living systems tissue

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pure and Applied SciencesUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan

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