Biology on the move

A Listmania! list by Jake Keenan "Trust the network." (Berkeley, Calif, USA)
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The list author says: "The biological sciences are undergoing rapid, exciting change despite the staleness of the public evolutionary debates. Philosophers are now joining the discussion as the issues push all prior envelopes. This list hopes to offer some of the best works in some of those hot areas of change such as: systems biology, origin of life theory, economic and synergistic aspects of ecosystems, symbiogenesis, emergence, evo-devo theory. Also recommended are any of the works from the Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology from MIT Press or from the Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology from Cambridge U P."
Origins of Life: The Primal Self-Organization
1.  Origins of Life: The Primal Self-Organization by Richard Egel
The list author says:
  "Shows how the steps from geochemical energization of the early earth to the first cells are being filled in with astounding detail - possibly wrong but conceptually and experimentally plausible all along. The Egel summary essay is a spectacular book itself. Added 2012."
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Biological Emergences: Evolution by Natural Experiment (Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology)
2.  Biological Emergences: Evolution by Natural Experiment (Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology) by Robert G. B. Reid
The list author says:
  "Soars clearly and boldly out beyond the genes-are-everything view and beyond evolution as only a destructive principle to pull together diverse research towards principles of biological order creation, i.e. emergences whether symbiotic/associative, physiological, developmental, behavioral. Liberating, impressive, and thorough. Reads easily."
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The Flexible Phenotype: A Body-Centred Integration of Ecology, Physiology, and Behaviour
3.  The Flexible Phenotype: A Body-Centred Integration of Ecology, Physiology, and Behaviour by Theunis Piersma
The list author says:
  "Radical eco-evo-devo? The authors are palpably excited by their phenotype-first focus which stems in part from their chosen species of study – red knots, a migratory shorebird that forms the "empirical backbone" of the book. But their astonishment at the variability of phenotypes leads across large seas of literature. Delightful and expansive. Added 2012"
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The Chemistry of Evolution: The Development of our Ecosystem
4.  The Chemistry of Evolution: The Development of our Ecosystem by R. J. P. Williams
The list author says:
  "A masterful summary of two lifelong researchers who make the properties of the elements center stage to explain evolution rather by species or genes.  Lots of chemistry but very readable and compelling arguments including support for the progressive view of evolution. See my review of the book. Added 2010"
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A Third Window: Natural Life beyond Newton and Darwin
5.  A Third Window: Natural Life beyond Newton and Darwin by Robert E. Ulanowicz
The list author says:
  "Author is tackling the biggest questions in biology at the interface of the founding principles of science and of current theory. Much clearer than his previous book. He actually builds the basic principles of a new paradigm, provides some great insights, but still is a writer who is much more a thinker than a writer."
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Convergent Evolution: Limited Forms Most Beautiful (Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology)
6.  Convergent Evolution: Limited Forms Most Beautiful (Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology) by George R. McGhee
The list author says:
  "Does a thorough yet concise job on an important subject.  The depth is there over plants, animals, molecules, ecosystems and mind.  And it frames the breadth of the issue with an array of its potential theoretical consequences."
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The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited (Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology)
7.  The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited (Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology) by Brett Calcott
The list author says:
  "Finally, a good follow-up to Smith & Szathmary's "The Origins of Life" (see on this list) with a collection that focuses on the evolutionary major transitions from the large-scale patterns in life's history to the details of possible transition mechanisms.  Great collection that opens up the subject."
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Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter
8.  Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter by Terrence W. Deacon
The list author says:
  "Origin of life, refined treatment of thermodynamics – very impressive. Works out the constraints/asymmetries lost (regular entropy-production) and gained (interfering downhill reactions) and resulting reciprocal scaffolding of these constraints. Longish, reaching for it all, and wide ranging. The well-reasoned book seems intended to be benchmark on the subject similar to his language book."
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Mapping the Future of Biology: Evolving Concepts and Theories (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science)
9.  Mapping the Future of Biology: Evolving Concepts and Theories (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science) by Thomas Pradeu
The list author says:
  "Very exciting series of essays by authors who each struggle with some aspect of the big picture issues of biology."
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Degrees of Freedom - Living in Dynamic Boundaries
10.  Degrees of Freedom - Living in Dynamic Boundaries by A. D. M. Rayner
The list author says:
  "Explores the important issue of determinate or indeterminate growth across the spectrum of biology including a special focus on fungi. This frames the issue of what is an "individual" in a novel light."
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Forms of Becoming: The Evolutionary Biology of Development
11.  Forms of Becoming: The Evolutionary Biology of Development by Alessandro Minelli
The list author says:
  "Evo devo done in historical and philosophical perspective. Beautifully written (or it could be the Italian translator). Really pulls the issues from both the evo and the devo sides together in a way that focuses on some classic, difficult questions."
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Perspectives in Animal Phylogeny and Evolution
12.  Perspectives in Animal Phylogeny and Evolution by Alessandro Minelli
The list author says:
  "Masterful job taking evo devo in all its flourishing tendrils into the origin and breadth of metazoans."
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Developmental Plasticity and Evolution
13.  Developmental Plasticity and Evolution by Mary Jane West-Eberhard
The list author says:
  "Puts much meat on the evo-devo emerging paradigm.  Probably will be a classic."
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The Origins of Life: From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language
14.  The Origins of Life: From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language by John Maynard Smith
The list author says:
  "Cogent reading that introduces and makes defensible the concept of evolutionary transitions, of general structure in evolution. Somewhat dated now."
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Niche Construction: The Neglected Process in Evolution (MPB-37) (Monographs in Population Biology)
15.  Niche Construction: The Neglected Process in Evolution (MPB-37) (Monographs in Population Biology) by F. John Odling-Smee
The list author says:
  "Brings another emerging paradigm squarely into the future of evo theory debate."
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Without Miracles: Universal Selection Theory and the Second Darwinian Revolution
16.  Without Miracles: Universal Selection Theory and the Second Darwinian Revolution by Gary A. Cziko
The list author says:
  "Well reasoned view of universal selection theory across nature, neurons, technology, and beyond."
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The Earth's Biosphere: Evolution, Dynamics, and Change
17.  The Earth's Biosphere: Evolution, Dynamics, and Change by Vaclav Smil
The list author says:
  "Nature of and state of the biosphere in straightforward, encyclopedic terms."
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Holistic Darwinism: Synergy, Cybernetics, and the Bioeconomics of Evolution
18.  Holistic Darwinism: Synergy, Cybernetics, and the Bioeconomics of Evolution by Peter A. Corning
The list author says:
  "His best in putting the synergy in nature idea forward.  Tour de force.  Inviting reading."
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Life Itself: A Comprehensive Inquiry into the Nature, Origin, and Fabrication of Life (Complexity in Ecological Systems)
19.  Life Itself: A Comprehensive Inquiry into the Nature, Origin, and Fabrication of Life (Complexity in Ecological Systems) by Robert H. Rosen
The list author says:
  "Finally a biologist willing to tackle the tough question of what is life if physics is as we say it is; expounds relational biology.  Much math."
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Hierarchy Theory
20.  Hierarchy Theory by Valerie Ahl
The list author says:
  "Allen's (co-author's) work in setting up foundations for ecology is impressive.  This one is short, insightful.  See also his Toward a Unified Ecology.  Simple and profound to a range of ignored questions."
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The Machinery of Life
21.  The Machinery of Life by David S. Goodsell
The list author says:
  "Just because it is beautiful, simple, and offering an introduction to the molecules of living systems."
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What Is Life?
22.  What Is Life? by Dorion Sagan
The list author says:
  "Most recommendable of books by a brilliant biologist who is laying out the Big Question."
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Nature: An Economic History
23.  Nature: An Economic History by Geerat J. Vermeij
The list author says:
  "A stunning work giving a view of evolution and of nature as a generalized economy."
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The Extended Organism: The Physiology of Animal-Built Structures
24.  The Extended Organism: The Physiology of Animal-Built Structures by J. Scott Turner
The list author says:
  "Great profiles of organisms which form aspects of their environment for their physiology.  The organism/environment boundary question is also explored in Dawkins' The Extended Phenotype."
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An Introduction to Systems Biology: Design Principles of Biological Circuits (Chapman & Hall/CRC Mathematical and Computational Biology)
25.  An Introduction to Systems Biology: Design Principles of Biological Circuits (Chapman & Hall/CRC Mathematical and Computational Biology) by Uri Alon
The list author says:
  "Does the networks concepts in biology really well. The math is light and helpful; the ideas, examples, and grandeur of the subject are all succinctly captured. Added to list 2007."
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The Triple Helix: Gene, Organism, and Environment
26.  The Triple Helix: Gene, Organism, and Environment by Richard C. Lewontin
The list author says:
  "Faces the big questions clearly and simply. A delight, each time it is revisited."
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Evolution's Eye: A Systems View of the Biology-Culture Divide (Science and Cultural Theory)
27.  Evolution's Eye: A Systems View of the Biology-Culture Divide (Science and Cultural Theory) by Susan Oyama
The list author says:
  "Takes the biological issues seriously while working around important social and philosophical issues. Easy to read while staying in the center of the debates in both "cultural hemispheres.""
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The Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology
28.  The Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology by P. L. Luisi
The list author says:
  "Good survey of origin of life ideas and research when added to list in 2008."
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Towards a Semiotic Biology: Life is the Action of Signs
29.  Towards a Semiotic Biology: Life is the Action of Signs by Claus Emmeche
The list author says:
  "Not my favorite, but it belongs on this list because it represents a strand in the re-weaving of the biological synthesis. Some of the essays and ideas are provocative as well as clear. It seems to offer a comprehensive picture of the biosemiotic position."
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