Principles of Evolution: From the Planck Epoch to Complex Multicellular Life (Springer, 2011), edited by Hildegard Meyer-Ortmanns and SFI External Professor Stefan Thurner (Medical University of Vienna), draws from math, physics, biochemistry, and cell biology to provide a comprehensive survey of today’s scientific understanding of evolution.

With self organization as a unifying theme, the book covers the beginnings of the universe, the origin of life and the chances of its arising at all, the role of contingency, and the search for universal features in evolutionary phenomena. It includes chapters by SFI External Professors Peter Schuster (University of Vienna), Sanjay Jain (University of Delhi), and Stefan.

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