Systems Biology

1st Edition

Philosophical Foundations

Editors: Fred Boogerd Frank Bruggeman Jan-Hendrik Hofmeyr H.V. Westerhoff
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444520852
eBook ISBN: 9780080475271
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 20th March 2007
Page Count: 360
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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

Table of Contents

Introduction

  1. Towards philosophical foundations of Systems Biology: Introduction

Research programs of Systems Biology

  1. The methodologies of Systems Biology
  2. Methodology is Philosophy
  3. How can we understand metabolism?
  4. On Building Reliable Pictures with Unreliable Data: an Evolutionary and Developmental Coda for the New Systems Biology?

Theory / models

  1. Mechanism and mechanical explanation in cell biology
  2. Theories, Models, and Equations in Systems Biology
  3. All models are wrong.......some more than others
  4. Data without models merging with models without data

Organization in biological systems

  1. The biochemical factory that autonomously fabricates itself: a systems-biological view of the living cell
  2. A systemic approach to the origin of biological organization
  3. Organization and biological mechanisms: organized to maintain autonomy
  4. The disappearance of function from 'self-organizing systems'

Conclusion

  1. Afterthoughts as foundations for Systems Biology

Details

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

About the Editor

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