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Structures of Complexity

A Morphology of Recognition and Explanation

Authors: Riedl, Rupert

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  • Discusses complexity from the perspective of a biologist
  • Investigates the structural and functional correlation of issues considered complex
  • Addresses the definition, occurence, and meaning of complexity
  • Analyzes the manner in which complexity is dealt with
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In this book, the author Rupert Riedl investigates the structural and functional correlations of issues considered as "complex". He brilliantly analyzes the definition of complexity, the occurrence of complexity, the meaning of complexity, and last-but-not-least the way complexity is dealt with professionally.

In recent years, our view of the world has been split into ever smaller segments – in part due to the increasing importance of the natural sciences and their associated analytical power. This calls for once again focusing on complexity and the holistic aspects, on interdisciplinary and synoptic approaches.

This book is a translation of the original German version “Strukturen der Komplexität”, which was published in 2000. The discussion of complexity from the perspective of a biologist has long been overdue when it was published and is still up-to-date. 

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Rupert Riedl (1925-2005) was an Austrian zoologist renowned for his work in the field of marine research (biology of marine caves, fauna and flora of the Mediterranean Sea) as well as for his contributions to the systems theory of evolution and evolutionary epistemology. Films such as “Das Leben im Riff” (“Life in the Reef”, 1951), “Lichter unter Wasser” (“Lights under Water”, 1952), and others also made him well known to a wider audience. He conducted his research at the University of Vienna.  In 1967 he was appointed full professor and research professor of Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, USA.

Later in life he also dealt with social and environmental issues. Among other activities, he was founder of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research and the founding president of the Club of Vienna.

Even after his retirement in 1995, he continued to hold lectures at the University of Vienna, with evolution being the main topic during that time. He criticized Darwin's determining factors as insufficient; he described mutation as a "blind constructor", selection as a "short-sighted opportunist". He already suspected some type of preselection in the realm of genes – a theory that he also expounded upon in his books.


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Structures of Complexity
Book Subtitle
A Morphology of Recognition and Explanation
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-13064-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-13064-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-13063-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-13066-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 332
Number of Illustrations
105 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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