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The Principles of Life

Tibor Ganti, Eors Szathmary, and James Griesemer


What is life? What are the essential differences between the living and non-living systems? The exact scientific answers to these ancient questions are indispensable preconditions for the understanding of the origins of life, for the artificial synthesis of living systems, but also for some important social problems, such as the beginning and the end of the human life. Based on the author's theory of fluid (chemical) automata, this book proves that all living systems are basically program-controlled, self-reproducing fluid automata, and that such automata behave as living systems. The simplest ... More

Keywords: living systems, non-living systems, origins of life, artificial synthesis, social problems, human life, self-reproducing, fluid automata, chemoton

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198507260
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198507260.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tibor Ganti, author

Eors Szathmary, editor
Collegium Budapest (Institute for Advanced Study), Budapest, Hungary

James Griesemer, editor
Department of Philosophy, University of California, Davis, USA

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