Biology and Systems Research: An Overview

  • Robert Rosen
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 5)


In the paper which follows, we shall not so much be concerned with reviewing specific developments as with creating a context, or perspective, against which such specific developments may be organized and inter-related. Such a perspective is especially necessary when we are dealing with such incompletely defined areas as system theory and biology. Of course, no attempt in these directions can be completely satisfactory, and different investigators will necessarily have their own ideas about how it should be done. The developments which follow have grown out of my own experience, both with the subject-matter under discussion, and with the enormous, sprawling and often contradictory literature which bears on it; I hope that some others may find it helpful as well.


System Research Individual Organism Analytic Unit Theoretical Biology Catastrophe Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Rosen
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  1. 1.Department of Physiology & BiophysicsDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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