The Complexity Paradox: The More Answers We Find, the More Questions We Have

ISBN : 9780199330348

Kenneth L. Mossman
288 Pages
162 x 241 mm
Pub date
Oct 2014
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Living systems exhibit a fundamental contradiction: they are highly stable and reliable, yet they have the capacity to adapt to changing environmental conditions. This paradoxical behavior arises from the complexity of life-a high degree of order and cooperation that emerges from relatively simple interactions among cellular components. The Complexity Paradox proposes inventive, interdisciplinary approaches to maintaining health and managing and preventing disease by considering the totality of human biology, from the cellular level on up to entire populations of individuals. From the perspective of complexity, which acknowledges that there are limits to what we can know, Kenneth L. Mossman opens the door to understanding essential life processes in new and extraordinary ways. By tying together evolution, functional dynamics, and investigations into how the body processes energy and uses genetic information, Mossman's analysis expresses a unified theory of biology that fills a critical niche for future research in biology, medicine, and public health.


Chapter 1 The Complexity Paradox
Chapter 2 Laws to Live By
Chapter 3 Forces of Nature
Chapter 4 Biological Complexity
Chapter 5 A Free and Independent Life
Chapter 6 Altered States
Chapter 7 The Trinity
Chapter 8 The Mother of All Diseases
Chapter 9 Brain Drain
Chapter 10 Desperately Seeking Methuselah
Chapter 11 Emergence Medicine
Selected bibliography

About the author: 

Kenneth L. Mossman is former Professor of Health Physics in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, and had served as an Administrative Judge for the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In 2013, he was appointed by the President of the United States to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. Dr. Mossman died suddenly in January of 2014. He was known for his research into the biological effects of low-level radiation, radiological risk assessment and risk management, and radiation protection and public policy.

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