Description

Systems biology is a vigorous and expanding discipline, in many ways a successor to genomics and perhaps unprecedented in its combination of biology with a great many other sciences, from physics to ecology, from mathematics to medicine, and from philosophy to chemistry. Studying the philosophical foundations of systems biology may resolve a longer standing issue, i.e., the extent to which Biology is entitled to its own scientific foundations rather than being dominated by existing philosophies.

Key Features

* Answers the question of what distinguishes the living from the non-living * An in-depth look to a vigorous and expanding discipline, from molecule to system * Explores the region between individual components and the system

Readership

Computational biologists, Molecular biologists, Cellular biologists, Systems biologists, Bioinformaticians, Philosophers of Science, Philosophers of Biology

Details

No. of pages:
360
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2007
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
Print ISBN:
9780444520852
Electronic ISBN:
9780080475271

About the authors

Fred Boogerd

Affiliations and Expertise

Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Dept. of Molecular Cell Physiology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Frank Bruggeman

Affiliations and Expertise

Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Department of Molecular Cell Physiology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Jan-Hendrik Hofmeyr

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Stellenbosch, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry, Matieland, South Africa

H.V. Westerhoff

Affiliations and Expertise

Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Dept. of Molecular Cell Physiology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands