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Saturday, 25 January 2014
In this book Robert Rosen tries to elaborate on the mathematical foundations of theoretical biology, trying to offer a framework that puts inner modelling at the core of anticipatory behaviour that is, for him, one of the keystones of living systems. The book was conceived in the 70s and was published for the first time in 1985. The 2nd edition -this one- is from 2012, with some additional content from his followers and his daughter. The book tries to be mathematical -Rosen was a mathematician-biologist- using category theory and dynamical systems to describe the way living systems relate to their environment -using a modelling relation-and can anticipate in it. In essence it claims for a new foundation for mathematical biology that transcends dynamical systems theory -claimed to be inefficacious- offering mechanisms for addressing biological complexity to formalise what he later called relational biology.


Anticipatory Systems; Philosophical, Mathematical, and Methodological Foundations, 2nd Ed.

Robert Rosen

472 pages


Value for time: 7

Main value: Transdisciplinarity; abstraction

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