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From Strange Simplicity to Complex Familiarity: A Treatise on Matter, Information, Life and Thought

Manfred Eigen


This book presents a vivid argument for the almost lost idea of a unity of all natural sciences. It starts with the "strange" physics of matter, including particle physics, atomic and quantum mechanics, cosmology, relativity and their consequences (Chapter 1), and it continues by describing the properties of material systems that are best understood by statistical and phase-space concepts (Chapter 2). These lead to entropy and to the classical picture of quantitative information, initially devoid of value and meaning (Chapter 3). Finally, "information space" and dynamics within it are introduc ... More

Keywords: physics of life, selection, origin of life, evolution, physics of life, natural sciences, Darwin, dynamic equations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780198570219
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570219.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Manfred Eigen, author
Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Gottingen, Germany