Eigen aims to integrate current scientific knowledge from different fields to show that evolution is a physical process based on clear physical laws. (...)
The book weaves together five chapters (“Matter and Energy,” “Energy and Entropy,” “Entropy and Information,” “Information and Complexity,” and “Complexity and Self-Organisation”), each organized into ten questions. Some of the questions are of the kind that kids would ask: “How many trees make a wood?” or “How large is zero?” But most kids will not understand the answers that Eigen offers.
From Matter to Self-Organizing Life
From Strange Simplicity to Complex Familiarity A Treatise on Matter, Information, Life, and Thought by Manfred Eigen Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013. 754 pp. $225, £125. ISBN 9780198570219.
Science 4 October 2013:
Vol. 342 no. 6154 pp. 39-40