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Complexity in Biological Organization: Deconstruction (and Subsequent Restating) of Key Concepts

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Department of Experimental Medicine, University La Sapienza, via Scarpa 16, 00160 Rome, Italy
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Via Scarpa 16, SBGLab Group, University Sapienza, 00160 Rome, Italy
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Institute of Continuous Media Mechanics UB RAS, Perm 614013, Russia
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Department of Chemical-Physics, A. Alzola Group of Thermodynamics of Complex Systems of M.V. Lomonosov Chair, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Havana, Havana 10400, Cuba
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National Health Institute, 00161 Rome, Italy
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Entropy 2020, 22(8), 885; https://doi.org/10.3390/e22080885
Received: 16 June 2020 / Revised: 17 July 2020 / Accepted: 11 August 2020 / Published: 12 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biological Statistical Mechanics)
The “magic” word complexity evokes a multitude of meanings that obscure its real sense. Here we try and generate a bottom-up reconstruction of the deep sense of complexity by looking at the convergence of different features shared by complex systems. We specifically focus on complexity in biology but stressing the similarities with analogous features encountered in inanimate and artefactual systems in order to track an integrative path toward a new “mainstream” of science overcoming the actual fragmentation of scientific culture. View Full-Text
Keywords: complexity; nonlinearity; system; symmetry breaking; emergence complexity; nonlinearity; system; symmetry breaking; emergence
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Bizzarri, M.; Naimark, O.; Nieto-Villar, J.; Fedeli, V.; Giuliani, A. Complexity in Biological Organization: Deconstruction (and Subsequent Restating) of Key Concepts. Entropy 2020, 22, 885. https://doi.org/10.3390/e22080885

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Bizzarri M, Naimark O, Nieto-Villar J, Fedeli V, Giuliani A. Complexity in Biological Organization: Deconstruction (and Subsequent Restating) of Key Concepts. Entropy. 2020; 22(8):885. https://doi.org/10.3390/e22080885

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Bizzarri, Mariano, Oleg Naimark, José Nieto-Villar, Valeria Fedeli, and Alessandro Giuliani. 2020. "Complexity in Biological Organization: Deconstruction (and Subsequent Restating) of Key Concepts" Entropy 22, no. 8: 885. https://doi.org/10.3390/e22080885

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