At Home in the Universe
336 pages, 1996
science & nature1064 books
A major scientific revolution, rivaling Darwin’s theory in importance, has begun. In this far-reaching new paradigm, complex systems - from the origin of life to the workings of giant corporations to the rise and fall of great civilizations - are now thought to be fundamentally orderly, displaying an “order for free” that is strikingly reminiscent of the laws governing such self-organizing systems as crystal lattices, biological ecosystems, and iterative computer programs.
Stuart Kauffman, a MacArthur Fellow and visionary pioneer of this new science, brilliantly weaves together exciting intellectual discovery and a fertile mix of insights in At Home in the Universe to give nonspecialists a fascinating look into this new science and these often surprising forces for order.