Vita e natura. Una visione sistemica
Fritjof Capra - Pier Luigi Luisi
In the past thirty years, a new systemic idea of life has emerged in avant-garde science. Complexity, networks and organisation patterns have been the target of renewed attention, leading to an innovative approach, the so-called “systemic” approach.
This book contains, in a single coherent theoretical context, the ideas, models and theories that are the foundation of the systemic vision of life. Fully exploring history and different scientific disciplines from all angles, the authors analyse the appearance of key terms, such as autopoiesis, dissipative structures, social networks and the systemic comprehension of evolution.
The book also discusses the implications of the systemic approach to life regarding public health, management and global environmental and economic crisis.
Written with educational purposes, the book also intends to become essential reading for students and researchers interested in understanding the new systemic understanding of life and its implications for the various disciplines of natural and social sciences: from economics to politics, from medicine to psychology, ecology and law.
Fritjof Capra is the co-founder and director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, and a professor at the Schumacher College in the United Kingdom. A physician, he studies Systems Theory, and in the past thirty-five years he has been working on a systematic reflection of the philosophical and social implications of contemporary science.
Pier Luigi Luisi is a professor of Biochemistry at the Università di Roma TRE. He started his career at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETHZ), where he became a Chemistry teacher and started the interdisciplinary project “Cortona Weeks”. His main research involves the experimental, theoretical and philosophical aspects of the origin of life and of the self-organisation of natural and synthetic systems.
Book technical data
Year of publication: 2014
Size: 17 x 24 cm
Soft cover with flap
Pages: 609; illustrations: 81 b/w
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