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Modeling Biology

Author : Manfred Dietrich Laubichler
ISBN : 9780262122917
Genre : Science
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Experts examine new modeling strategies for the interpretation of biological data andtheir integration into the conceptual framework of theoretical biology, detailing approaches thatfocus on morphology, development, behavior, or evolution.

The Shaping Of Life

Author : Lionel G. Harrison
ISBN : 9781139494458
Genre : Science
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Biological development, how organisms acquire their form, is one of the great frontiers in science. While a vast knowledge of the molecules involved in development has been gained in recent decades, big questions remain on the molecular organization and physics that shape cells, tissues and organisms. Physical scientists and biologists traditionally have very different backgrounds and perspectives, yet some of the fundamental questions in developmental biology will only be answered by combining expertise from a range of disciplines. This book is a personal account by Professor Lionel Harrison of an interdisciplinary approach to studying biological pattern formation. It articulates the power of studying dynamics in development: that to understand how an organism is made we must not only know the structure of its molecules; we must also understand how they interact and how fast they do so.

Cognitive Biology

Author : Luca Tommasi
ISBN : 9780262012935
Genre : Psychology
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An overview of current research at the intersection of psychology and biology,integrating evolutionary and developmental data and explanations.

The Major Transitions In Evolution Revisited

Author : Brett Calcott
ISBN : 0262294532
Genre : Science
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In 1995, John Maynard Smith and Eörs Szathmáry published their influential book The Major Transitions in Evolution. The "transitions" that Maynard Smith and Szathmáry chose to describe all constituted major changes in the kinds of organisms that existed but, most important, these events also transformed the evolutionary process itself. The evolution of new levels of biological organization, such as chromosomes, cells, multicelled organisms, and complex social groups radically changed the kinds of individuals natural selection could act upon. Many of these events also produced revolutionary changes in the process of inheritance, by expanding the range and fidelity of transmission, establishing new inheritance channels, and developing more open-ended sources of variation. Maynard Smith and Szathmáry had planned a major revision of their work, but the death of Maynard Smith in 2004 prevented this. In this volume, prominent scholars (including Szathmáry himself) reconsider and extend the earlier book's themes in light of recent developments in evolutionary biology. The contributors discuss different frameworks for understanding macroevolution, prokaryote evolution (the study of which has been aided by developments in molecular biology), and the complex evolution of multicellularity.

Functions In Biological And Artificial Worlds

Author : Ulrich Krohs
ISBN : 9780262113212
Genre : Philosophy
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Investigations into the relationship between organism and artifacts from the perspective of functionality.

Research Report

Author : Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
ISBN : STANFORD:36105132133120
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Evolution Of Communicative Flexibility

Author : D. Kimbrough Oller
ISBN : 0262151219
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Experts investigate communicative flexibility (in both form and usage of signals) asthe foundation of the evolution of complex communication systems, including humanlanguage.

From Groups To Individuals

Author : Frédéric Bouchard
ISBN : 9780262313452
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Our intuitive assumption that only organisms are the real individuals in the natural world is at odds with developments in cell biology, ecology, genetics, evolutionary biology, and other fields. Although organisms have served for centuries as nature's paradigmatic individuals, science suggests that organisms are only one of the many ways in which the natural world could be organized. When living beings work together -- as in ant colonies, beehives, and bacteria-metazoan symbiosis -- new collective individuals can emerge. In this book, leading scholars consider the biological and philosophical implications of the emergence of these new collective individuals from associations of living beings. The topics they consider range from metaphysical issues to biological research on natural selection, sociobiology, and symbiosis. The contributors investigate individuality and its relationship to evolution and the specific concept of organism; the tension between group evolution and individual adaptation; and the structure of collective individuals and the extent to which they can be defined by the same concept of individuality. These new perspectives on evolved individuality should trigger important revisions to both philosophical and biological conceptions of the individual. Contributors:Frédéric Bouchard, Ellen Clarke, Jennifer Fewell, Andrew Gardner, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Charles J. Goodnight, Matt Haber, Andrew Hamilton, Philippe Huneman, Samir Okasha, Thomas Pradeu, Scott Turner, Minus van Baalen

Evolution Of Communication Systems

Author : D. Kimbrough Oller
ISBN : 0262151111
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Laying foundations for an interdisciplinary approach to the study of evolution incommunication systems with tools from evolutionary biology, linguistics, animal behavior,developmental psychology, philosophy, cognitive sciences, robotics, and neural networkmodeling.

Origination Of Organismal Form

Author : Gerd B. Müller
ISBN : 0262134195
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A more comprehensive version of evolutionary theory that focuses as much on the origin of biological form as on its diversification.

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