Temporal and Hierarchical Organization in Biosystems

  • F. E. Yates
  • A. S. Iberall
Part of the ALZA Conference Series book series (ALZA, volume 2)


If the biologist is not to drown in the sea of data on which he floats, he must seek, and find, a general principle for the design of life. This design principle must be compatible with the known principles of physics and chemistry, but it must also be more general, and encompass physical nonidealities that are hardly ever mentioned, or seriously considered: the existence of dissipative processes and dynamic interactions, the origins of inhomogeneities, and the significance of nonlinearities and nonintegrable constraints. Once a general principle of design for living systems is recognized, the current innundation with seemingly unrelated facts may subside, and a theoretical biology can come into existence.


Functional Unit Living System Hierarchical Organization Hierarchical System Irreversible Thermodynamic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. E. Yates
    • 1
  • A. S. Iberall
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.General Technical ServicesUpper DarbyUSA

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