Evolution as entropy : toward a unified theory of biology /

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Author / Creator:Brooks, D. R. (Daniel R.), 1951-
Imprint:Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1986.
Description:xiv, 335 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Language:English
Subject:Evolution
Entropy
Entropy.
Evolution (Biology)
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/733096
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Other authors / contributors:Wiley, E. O.
ISBN:0226075818
Notes:Includes index.
Bibliography: p.[309]-325.
Table of Contents:
  • Preface
  • Preface to First Edition
  • 1. Prelude Lawlike Behavior in Evolution
  • Evolution and Developmental Biology
  • Neo-Darwinism and the Origin of Higher Taxa: Of Moths and Mammals
  • A Proposed Analogy Form and Function
  • Summary
  • 2. The Core Hypothesis
  • Introduction to the Thesis Energy and Information
  • Information Entropy and Information
  • Some Biological Interpretations
  • Thermodynamics Information Theory
  • Hierarchical Information Theory
  • Informational Capacity
  • Order and Disorder Closed Systems
  • Noise Self-Organizing Systems
  • Biological Phenomenology
  • The Nature of the Initial Conditions
  • Information Cohesion
  • Physiological Phenomenology
  • Research Programs
  • Summary
  • 3. Ontogeny, Morphology, and Evolution
  • Ontogenesis as a Nonequilibrium Phenomenon
  • The Genome as an Organized Unit
  • Terminal Changes
  • Nonterminal Changes
  • Entropic Behavior of Ontogenesis
  • Compensatory Changes
  • Compensatory Changes and the Course of Evolution
  • Historical Analysis and Ontogeny
  • Summary
  • 4. Populations and Species Evolution in Populations
  • Information Overall
  • Estimates of Information
  • Entropy Information
  • Partitioning and Multiple Populations
  • Patterns of Change in Information
  • Proximal Mechnisms of Changes in Information
  • Cohesion Factors Affecting Cohesion
  • Cohesion within a Population
  • Cohesion among Populations
  • Cohesion and Entropy
  • Summary
  • Remarks Species and Speciation
  • Modes of Speciation
  • Speciation and Entropy Changes
  • Comment on Punctuated
  • Equilibrium Species, Phylogenetic Tree Topologies, and Entropy
  • Summary
  • 5. Mapping Historical Change
  • Linguistic and Structuralist Approaches to Systematics
  • Syntax Systematic Technique Derived from Entropy Considerations
  • Phylogenetic Systematics
  • The Wagner Algorithm Semantics
  • Semantic Components
  • Historical Constraints and Outgroups
  • Parsimony and Minimum Entropy Increases Information Considerations
  • Cohesion Considerations
  • Testing for Departures from Minimum Entropy Configurations
  • "Linguistic Affinities" of Systematic Techniques
  • Summary
  • 6. Macroecology
  • Macroscopic Properties of Ecological Associations
  • Historical Ecology Life History
  • Cycles and Ecology
  • Coevolution and Colonization Vicariance
  • Biogeography Separating Historical and Proximal
  • Ecological Associations--Two Examples
  • Historical Ecology and Competition
  • Summary
  • 7. Reprise and Prelude
  • References
  • Index