At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity

10 best books like At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity (Stuart A. Kauffman): Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, Chaos: Making a New Science, Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies, The Epigenetics Revolution, Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth, Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation, Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom, Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life, Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution, The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
AuthorDouglas R. Hofstadter
Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of...
Chaos: Making a New Science
AuthorJames Gleick
Few writers distinguish themselves by their ability to write about complicated, even obscure topics clearly and engagingly. In Chaos, James Gleick, a former science writer for the New York Times, shows that he resides in this exclusive category. Here he takes on the job of depicting the first years...
Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies
AuthorGeoffrey B. West
Geoffrey West's research centres on a quest to find unifying principles and patterns connecting everything, from cells and ecosystems to cities, social networks and businesses. Scale addresses big, urgent questions about global sustainability, population explosion, urbanization, ageing,...
The Epigenetics Revolution
AuthorNessa Carey
At the beginning of this century enormous progress had been made in genetics. The Human Genome Project finished sequencing human DNA. It seemed it was only a matter of time until we had all the answers to the secrets of life on this planet. The cutting-edge of biology, however, is telling us that we still...
AuthorRichard Fortey
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

"Extraordinary. . . . Anyone with the slightest interest in biology should read this book."--The New York Times Book Review

"A marvelous museum of the past four billion years on earth--capacious, jammed with treasures, full of learning...
Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation
AuthorOlivia Judson
If you have ever wondered why women always bite your head off or why one guy gets all the girls, if you have ever pondered why some men bring you balloons while others leave you their genitals, then Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation is the book for you. It explains all this and much more. It discloses...
AuthorSean B. Carroll
Dnf'd. Not because it is a bad book, boring or not well-written, but because it turns out that my appetite for evolutionary biology does not extend as far as embryology. I just cannot summon up the interest to concentrate and have to keep rereading and looking (again and again) at the illustrations. Maybe...
AuthorNick Lane
If it weren't for mitochondria, scientists argue, we'd all still be single-celled bacteria. Indeed, these tiny structures inside our cells are important beyond imagining. Without mitochondria, we would have no cell suicide, no sculpting of embryonic shape, no sexes, no menopause, no aging.

AuthorLynn Margulis
Microcosmos brings together the remarkable discoveries of microbiology of the past two decades and the pioneering research of Dr. Margulis to create a vivid new picture of the world that is crucial to our understanding of the future of the planet. Addressed to general readers, the book provides a beautifully...
AuthorClaire Nouvian
On dry land, most organisms are confined to the surface, or at most to altitudes of a hundred meters—the height of the tallest trees. In the oceans, though, living space has both vertical and horizontal dimensions: with an average depth of 3800 meters, the oceans offer 99% of the space on Earth where...
The Tyranny of Metrics
AuthorJerry Z. Muller
How the obsession with quantifying human performance threatens our schools, medical care, businesses, and government

Today, organizations of all kinds are ruled by the belief that the path to success is quantifying human performance, publicizing the results, and dividing up the rewards...
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