Newton to Aristotle

Toward a Theory of Models for Living Systems

  • John Casti
  • Anders Karlqvist

Part of the Mathematical Modeling book series (MMO, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. John Casti, Anders Karlqvist
    Pages 1-10
  3. Robert Rosen
    Pages 11-37
  4. Jan C. Willems
    Pages 91-119
  5. Michael Conrad
    Pages 121-200
  6. András Brody
    Pages 227-244
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 281-285

About this book


Beginning in 1983, the Swedish Council for Planning and Coordination of Research has organized an annual workshop devoted to some aspect of the behavior and modeling of complex systems. These workshops have been held at the Abisko Research Station of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, a remote location far above the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden. During the period of the midnight sun, from May 4-8, 1987 this exotic venue served as the gathering place for a small group of scientists, scholars, and other connoisseurs of the unknown to ponder the problem of how to model "living systems," a term singling out those systems whose principal components are living agents. The 1987 Abisko Workshop focused primarily upon the general system-theoretic concepts of process, function, and form. In particular, a main theme of the Workshop was to examine how these concepts are actually realized in biological, economic, and linguistic situations. As the Workshop unfolded, it became increasingly evident that the central concern of the participants was directed to the matter of how those quintessential aspects of living systems-metabolism, self-repair, and replication-might be brought into contact with the long-established modeling paradigms employed in physics, chemistry, and engineering.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John Casti
    • 1
  • Anders Karlqvist
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Econometrics and Operations Research and System TheoryTechnical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.The Royal Swedish Academy of SciencesStockholmSweden

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