Review of Stuart Kauffman, The Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution

Fox, Ronald F. “Review of Stuart Kauffman, the origins of order: self-organization and selection in evolution.” Biophysical journal 65, no. 6 (1993): 2698.

The Origins of Order is a book about a profoundly difficult question. It is not written from the perspectives of physics or chemistry but from the perspective of mathematical biology, and it is biological order that is the subject of its pages. Even within the biological context, it covers mainly evolutionary population dynamics (Part I), molecular evolution (Part II), and morphogenesis (Part III). The order associated with the self-assembly of protein complexes, the genetic apparatus, membranes, and cellular organelles is not discussed.

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