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The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems
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The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems


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, 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.

Title:The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:347 pages
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    The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems Reviews

  • Stephen
    Feb 10, 2008

    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 ...

  • Nate D
    May 26, 2009

    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 it...

  • Bob Nichols
    Aug 31, 2012

    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...

  • Sebastian
    Mar 15, 2010

    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 diffe...

  • Jitin Singla
    Feb 11, 2017

    I can't recommend it enough....

  • Glynda-lee Hoffmann
    Sep 13, 2007

    Dense and complicated, but illuminating....

  • Paco Nathan
    Dec 11, 2009

    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....

  • Saravana Kumar
    Mar 17, 2017

    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 l...

  • Geneva
    Mar 19, 2017

    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
    Feb 07, 2014

    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”, Cap...