Based on a workshop held at the Santa Fe Institute in June, 1990, this book explores structure in organisms—both physical and dynamical—and presents the current status of the search for natural pathways, principles of organization, and the theory of design for organisms. Topics discussed include dynamical systems analysis; the pathways of evolution; development, physiology, and functional morphology; and the principles of dynamical change in connectivity within the networks of processes.
General Introduction -- Physiology -- Introduction -- The Flexible Dynamics of Biological Coordination: Living in the Niche Between Order and Disorder /C. G. DeGuzman and f. A. S. Kelso -- Biological Organization and Adaptation: Fractal Structure and Scaling Similarities /T. 1?. Nelson -- Cornmentary -- Physiology and Development -- Introduction -- Constancy and Variation in Developmental Mechanisms: An Example from Comparative Embryology /J. A. Bolker -- Heterochrony in Hydractiniid Hydroids: A Hypothesis /N. . Blacksione -- Adaptive Mechanisms that Accelerate Embryonic Develop- ment in Drosophila /T. L. Karr and J. E. Mittenilial -- General Principles ot Organization -- Introduction -- The Sciences of Complexity and “On ns of Order” /S. A. Kauffman -- Patterns of Structure and Their Evolution in the Organizae tion of Organisms: Modules, Matching, and Compaction -- J. E. Mittenthal, A. B. Baskin, and K E. Reinke -- Reliability of Networks of Genes /B. Clarke and J. E. Mittenthal -- Exploring the Role of Finiteness in the Emergence of Structure /A. B. Baskin, R. F. Reinke, and J. E. Mittenthal -- Commentary -- General Conclusions Appendix -- Dynamic Pattern Formation: A Primer /J. A. S. Kelso, M. Ding, and G. Schoner -- Index.