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Physical Approaches to Biological Evolution

  • Mikhail V. Volkenstein

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Biological Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Molecular Basis of Evolution

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      Pages 125-125
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  4. Physics of Biological Evolution

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      Pages 251-251
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 367-399

About this book

Introduction

"Mr. Wolkenstein's Physical Approaches to Biological Evolution, whether or not it proves to give the ultimate truth on the matters with which it deals, certainly deserves, by its breadth and scope and profundity, to be considered an impor­ tant event in the philosophical world." This is a quotation from an introduction written by Bertrand Russell for Ludwig Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. I exchanged only name and subject. As for the rest, I could continue quoting Russell, but I would rather say something myself. As Wittgenstein did with formal logic, Wolkenstein rectifies our views on how to approach the logic of life from a formal theoretical basis. Many bio­ logists do not believe that their subject lends itself to the scrutiny of physical theory. They certainly admit that one can simulate biological phenomena by models that can be expressed in a mathematical form. However, they do not believe that biology can be given a theoretical foundation that is defined within the general framework of physics. Rather, they insist on a holistic approach, banning any reduction to fundamental principles subject to physical theory.

Keywords

Biological Evolution DNA biology evolution evolutionary biology genetics molecular biology population genetics protein proteins

Authors and affiliations

  • Mikhail V. Volkenstein
    • 1
  1. 1.MoscowRussia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-78788-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-78790-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-78788-1
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