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  • Title: The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems
  • Author: Fritjof Capra
  • ISBN: 9780385476768
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Paperback

  • The vitality and accessibility of Fritjof Capra s ideas have made him perhaps the most eloquent spokesperson of the latest findings emerging at the frontiers of scientific, social, and philosophical thought In his international bestsellers The Tao of Physics and The Turning Point, he juxtaposed physics and mysticism to define a new vision of reality In The Web of Life, CThe vitality and accessibility of Fritjof Capra s ideas have made him perhaps the most eloquent spokesperson of the latest findings emerging at the frontiers of scientific, social, and philosophical thought In his international bestsellers The Tao of Physics and The Turning Point, he juxtaposed physics and mysticism to define a new vision of reality In The Web of Life, Capra takes yet another giant step, setting forth a new scientific language to describe interrelationships and interdependence of psychological, biological, physical, social, and cultural phenomena the web of life During the past twenty five years, scientists have challenged conventional views of evolution and the organization of living systems and have developed new theories with revolutionary philosophical and social implications Fritjof Capra has been at the forefront of this revolution In The Web of Life, Capra offers a brilliant synthesis of such recent scientific breakthroughs as the theory of complexity, Gaia theory, chaos theory, and other explanations of the properties of organisms, social systems, and ecosystems Capra s surprising findings stand in stark contrast to accepted paradigms of mechanism and Darwinism and provide an extraordinary new foundation for ecological policies that will allow us to build and sustain communities without diminishing the opportunities for future generations.Now available in paperback for the first time, The Web of Life is cutting edge science writing in the tradition of James Gleick s Chaos, Gregory Bateson s Mind and Matter, and Ilya Prigogine s Order Out of Chaos.
    Fritjof Capra
    Fritjof Capra born February 1, 1939 is an Austrian born American physicist He is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, and is on the faculty of Schumacher College Capra is the author of several books, including The Tao of Physics 1975 , The Turning Point 1982 , Uncommon Wisdom 1988 , The Web of Life 1996 and The Hidden Connections 2002.


    Commentaires:

    Stephen
    In The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems,Fritjof Capra attempts to present a synthesis of systems models as a new (and improved) way of looking at life. While scientists will often speak of paradigm shifts within a field -- for instance from Newtonian to relativistic physics, or Lamarckian evolution to the Darwinian kind -- it is rare that they attempt to link these individual shifts to a wider movement. It is probably rarer still that they attempt to create the overa [...]

    Nate D
    Pseudo-scientific mysticism. Just enough science (quite a bit, actually; Capra hasn't exactly shirked his research) to make people buy the completely unfounded ludicrous speculation the book spends its length careening towards. I almost shelved this as "fantasy".

    Bob Nichols
    Capra presents an anti-reductionist, and anti-deterministic (molecular v. integrative, holistic v. mechanistic) view of life. Life is not about atoms only, but patterns of organization and networks of mutually beneficial parts. He uses the term autopoiesis (self-organization) to describe a process whereby life makes iteself, continuously. Life is closed to the world in the sense that it self-creates and self-orders, but life is also open because it necessarily interacts with its environment and [...]

    Sebastian
    This was an excellent book, one of the best ones I have read in over a year, with new ideas and stimulated imagination. I learned a great deal about cybernetics, learned to view evolution from a different perspective, and see how all of "life" can be broken down into cohesive sequence of chemical unfoldings. Theories tie well into chaos theory, emergence and systems analysis.Not everything he says though I agree with, but this is largely understandable since my world-view is quite fringe even am [...]

    Jitin Singla
    I can't recommend it enough.

    Glynda-lee Hoffmann
    Dense and complicated, but illuminating.

    Paco Nathan
    Well written. Tour de force for many complex points, with excellent storytelling and vital issues. Good intro for autopoiesis and systems theory from Green perspectives.

    Akshay
    Quite interesting. Delightful read which contains many interesting facts and propositions. Sections dealing with non linear systems, evolution of life, catalytic systems, hyperloops are simply amazing. One of the few books which seeks the origin of life in non living world and does a fine job of it!

    Saravana Sastha Kumar
    A wonderful book at its time. it explains how the concept of live evolved over ages, the assumptions philospohers took, the discoveries made, the clash of the cartesian and modern scientific view of life, the coming together of physicists, bilologists and mathematicians to explain 'life', 'the paradigm shifts', the microbiology and the quantum physics. and finally in chapter 10 onwards explaining the many phases of evolution of life. Brilliant.

    Geneva
    Interesting enough, but I think it was trying to cover too much ground for its size so it couldn't get into anything quite deeply enough, and the overall thesis felt tacked-on. Still, worth reading.

    Edy
    Fritjof Capra merupakan seorang fisikawan dan filosof kelahiran Swiss. Kalau selama ini dalam dunia filsafat terpecah dalam dua aliran yang focus pada aspek “substansi” dan aspek “bentuk”, Capra mencoba membahas penggabungan aspek substansi, bentuk dan “proses”.Beberapa poin pemikiran beliau adalah:• Perlu perubahan orientasi pendekatan dari Cartesian yang linier menjadi sistemik jaringan. Selama ini dunia pengetahuan menempatkan fisika sebagai panutan dengan pendekatan deduksi dar [...]

    Bart
    The 280 pages that begin on page 17 and end on page 297 are fantastic. Their predecessor and successor pages do not appear to have even the same author.After exploring possibilities of an invented, not perceived, reality, a nonlinear loop in which the perceiver and the perceived adapt to one another in a complex interaction of variables and variable rates, the author quite suddenly introduces the concept of "optimization" in his epilogue, as if there were a constant state to pursue in an ecology [...]

    Rian Nejar
    An enlightening, coherent integration of a multitude of perspectives that offer deeper comprehension of the essence of all life. Fritjof Capra brings in everything from history, philosophy, systems thinking, mathematics, computing, anthropology, and biology to describe an interconnection, a synthesis of deep ecology, an inseparable melding of pattern, structure, and process that can be seen to constitute all life. He does so fluidly, seamlessly, albeit with minor errors such as in the number and [...]

    The Capital Institute
    Capra’s book, like many of his earlier works, explores the relationship between the environment and society; in this book he focuses on the biological aspects of this theory. Capra emphasizes the “ecological” as having particular significance to the way the field of science is shifting away from a physics-heavy focus. The book also creates what journalist Scott London calls a “coherent” conceptual framework for understanding the theories of this scientific ‘revolution.’ Capra argue [...]

    Mark Love
    A book that claims to offer a new scientific understanding of life at all levels of living systems, is almost certainly bound to disappoint. To hope to answer the questions "what is life?", "what is consciousness?" and to provide a new ecological paradigm along the way is almost certainly setting yourself up for failure. And yet in this remarkable book Capra does exactly that.I first read this book about 5yrs ago and the concepts and principles it contained have largely stayed with me since. But [...]

    Erik Akre
    An excellent book; one that I looked forward to reading. All the scientific ins-and-outs of systems thinking here. There is also an extensive section on the mathematical operations of systems thinking, which, while it was a little above my elementary-teacher head, taught me thoroughly about chaos theory. After this book, I have a strong grasp of what constitutes an ecological organism (be it individual or ecosystem), and how the organism grows, changes, evolves in its process. Another important [...]

    Bold Bookworm
    This book has relatively high expectations of the reader. It delves into subjects like fractal waves and the generalities of cellular biology. A reader not conversational on those topics will be challenged and enlightened. Much of the book details the history of ideas. The practical application of the knowledge imparted through exploration of those ideas is packaged in the epilogue. One ultimately wishes the recommendations for practical applications of the conclusions drawn were presented earli [...]

    John
    Capra is a stunningly clear and conscious scientific writer. His enthusiasm for science pours through in his writings. In the Web of Life, he yet again destroys the rigid and outmoded mechanistic paradigm and offers here a new vision of reality and scientific scope. Capra is quite unique in his sometimes journalistic, sometimes historical approach to science. He explains the holistic breakthroughs in various branches of science from quantum theory through biology up to cybernetics. In the Web of [...]

    Stephanie Hallmark
    This book changed by life. I don't remember a lot of details at this pointother than it gave me a framework to hold the relationship of order to chaosd how life evolves at that border, and continually evolves to higher orders of complexity until chaos intervenes and disrupts the systeme pieces of which eventually re-form into different patterns, which then begin to evolve to ever higher orders of complexity. It made me consider the possibility that human systems.itutions, societiesy well be view [...]

    Billy
    This is one of my favorite science books for the general reader. The material is in depth without being too technical. It addresses living systems, interconnectedness and touches on the idea of cognizance of all life down to bacteria. I have talked to a few humans who find this a little abrasive for their intellectual egos, but for the better, intellect should be abraded. Coming from a physicist, his ideas are not the woo-woo musings of a new age mystic, but rather herald the necessary change in [...]

    Annie Frame
    This book is a must read for anyone interested in the depth of life. Not a one for anyone wanting to know if their numbers will come up on the bingo/lottery or if Mr/Mrs Right/Wrong is on the horizon. The Web of Life effortlessly educates the reader, thanks to an author with natural insight and plenty brain juice. Not only did I re-read parts, because of the magnetic dialogue used, I tucked them in my mind for future reference. Capra is an author with lots to say and what he does say to his read [...]

    TC
    fascinating take on the Rhizome (see A Thousand Plateaus by Deleuze and Guattari), through the lens of the scientific history behind dynamical systems thinking. some of the claims may sound a bit overenthusiastic, especially w/ regard to cognition, and it would have been nice to have had a bit more explication of systems dynamics in the social realm, but wonderful nonetheless. lots of good leads in the bibliographykes me wish there were a way to give a book two ratings, one for form/style, one f [...]

    Annie Frame
    This book is a must read for anyone interested in the depth of life. Not a one for anyone wanting to know if their numbers will come up on the bingo/lottery or if Mr/Mrs Right/Wrong is on the horizon. The Web of Life effortlessly educates the reader, thanks to an author with natural insight and plenty brain juice. Not only did I re-read parts, because of the magnetic dialogue used, I tucked them in my mind for future reference. Capra is an author with lots to say and what he does say to his read [...]

    Joey Dominguez
    I was done with this book after the author said immunology system needs to be changed to "network" because otherwise lymphocytes would attack anything. The author has a style of explain science well, suggest a rename because of a small detail, and having it fit into his theory. There is no reason to change the 7-10 characteristics of life into three. Finally, I would have picked up a philosophical book if I wanted to hear his opinions and perceptions.

    Sarah Brooks
    Fritjof Capra is one of my go-to experts on connecting general systems theory with living systems theory and how that affects social-technological systems. While those are lots of wonky terms, the crux of it is that he makes science relatable to daily life and human dynamics. Always worth reading. And if you live in the Bay Area, there are often opportunities to hear him speak as well – see him if you can. He's a wise, wise man. Meanwhile, read his books. They're great.

    Henrique Cassol
    O capra é um dos meu autores favoritos. Depois que li o Ponto de Mutação não consegui mais parar de ler e viajar nas suas ideias, desde física quântica (Tao da Física) até o evolucionismo (Este livro)concordo com quase todas as passagens filosóficas que este brilhante autor retrata. Mesmo que muitas de suas teorias têm se mostrado uma falácia, considero a sua essência, presente em todos os seus livros, uma filosofia de vida.

    Woodly
    It was a bit of a letdown. After having read The Tao of Physic, I was expecting something as crisp and rejuvenating. Nonetheless, The materials and language had substance and quality to it, it wasn't too watered-down. I didn't get the chill and tears of profound understanding as I've had reading Plato or quantum theory, but it does provide some synaptic clarity to previous ideas I've encounter.

    Jonagain Offagain
    This is a great book! Connections made in the holistic analysis of life are called "externalities" in conventional economics. Ecosystem services (e.g. carbon dioxide sequestration, oxygen production, water purification, topsoil creation, biodiversity) are left out of the equation because clearing land for the short term profit of a few wealthy elitists always leaves a net deficit to society overall.

    Monique Liddle
    Fritjof Capara is one of my favorite non-fiction authors. A movie that is similar to the ideas in this book is "Mindwalk." It discusses systems theory, occurences on the microscopic level, ecology, the environment, complexity theory and more. I also have used it as a reference book because it is filled with many of the same ideas I believe and try to live my life by. I highly recommend this bk.

    Annett
    Eine gelungene Zusammenfassung verschiedener Ansätze und eine selbstentwickelte Synthese von Capra zeichnen dieses umfassende Werk zu Systemtheorie etc. aus. Er gibt einen guten Überblick über die wissenschaftlichen Entwicklungen der letzten Jahrzehnte und erläutert seine eigenen Ansätze, die zu einer ökologisch bewussten Gesellschaft führen können und sollen.

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