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Bios: A Study Of Creation (Series on Knots and Everything) Hardcover – May 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-9812561039 ISBN-10: 981256103X

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  • Series: Series on Knots and Everything (Book 35)
  • Hardcover: 654 pages
  • Publisher: World Scientific Pub Co Inc (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 981256103X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812561039
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,463,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The subject index in the end is very helpful ... The book develops a new, non-traditional approach to creativity that might have important ramifications and applications in the future. It should attract a wide audience of scholars with interest in mathematics, physics, natural sciences, computer science, economics, social sciences, psychology. --Zentralblatt MATH

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gerald H. Thomas on September 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found that the book has introduced some totally new and significant ideas about science and logic that have ramifications about the basis of all theories of the natural world. Like most totally new and creative ideas, it is not immediately obvious that the ideas presented have such ramifications, notwithstanding the rather clear claim of the author. It is worth remembering that such ideas as fractals, and chaos were equally unclear to the general readership, though those that first observed the phenomena had a clear idea of what was new, and articulated those ideas well. I found it useful in approaching this book to start with the conclusion, since there the author's general plan is laid out. I found it then useful to consider the author's example of the heart, and how the ideas of bios are exemplified. For this example, the various ways of looking at the data, such as recursion plots, are as new and useful as the ways of measuring the shoreline was to fractals. One sees that bios occurs in natural processes, and gets a feel for how to look for such effects elsewhere. The book contains a great deal of the author's thoughts about other places to look for bios, other places where bios can be seen, and more importantly, shares his philosophical views about how theories of nature should be constructed. He allows the reader to see that the essence of these ideas extend back in time to the teachings of Heraclitus and Lao-Tze, to name just two early philosophers.

In short, I strongly recommend that every serious student of nature and philosophy have a copy of Bios on their desk.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Craig Brozefsky on September 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found Bios to be successful in its ambitious project to establish a
new mathematics and new science of creative processes. The mathematic
analysis of Bios has powerful applications in my professional life as
a computer programmer and a designer of computer models for education.
I believe it is a significant break-thru in the understanding of
complex, creative phenomena.

The books application of biotic analysis to other fields of science is
an excellent example of the critical power of re-examining the
foundation of our understanding of creative processes. The tremendous
scope of knowledge that is brought to bear in presenting a historic
analysis of these scientific fields is impressive. It illustrates how
these fields of knowledge are themselves creative processes that can
be understood thru the Bios hypothesis.

On a personal level, Bios has given not only a voice, but a toolbox,
to the critical concerns I have with my professional work, and my own
scientific studies. I previously had difficulty describing to my
colleagues my misgivings about the application of game-theory, chaos
studies, equilibrium dynamics, and other staples of computer modeling
of complex phenomena -- especially in the context of science education
for children. Bios gave me a framework to explain my misgivings, as
well as a alternative hypothesis to approach the work with.
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