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In his treatise From Strange Simplicity to Complex Familiarity, which he has worked on for 15 years, Nobelist Manfred 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 offers a joyful but not shallow route through the complications that arise on the way from elementary particle physics to complex forms of life. The author enriches the book with many personal stories, included just for fun. (Arne Traulsen, Science)

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Manfred Eigen was born in Bochum, Germany in 1927, and began his rerearch career at Gottingen in 1945. In 1967 he won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for work on extremely fast chemical reactions. His work on chemistry, biochemistry and physics has been recognised throughout the world with honorary doctorates, prizes, and awards that include the Linus Pauling Medal (American Chemical Society, 1967), the Austrian Decoration for Arts and Sciences (1976), the Faraday Medal (Chemical Society, London, 1977), Max Planck Research Award (1994), the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Institute of Human Virology, Baltimore, USA (2005), and the Goethe Medal of the Goethe Society, Weimar (2007).

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An Encyclopedia on the Development of Things 11 Sept. 2013
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Well organized, and full of detailed technical illustrations, this book reflects the expertise of a top scientist in relating the recent discoveries in physics to those in the development in life sciences, and indeed in the indisputable role of information being communicated between entangled particles to information being communicated within sophisticated life forms and organisms. Any serious student, scholar or scientist would do well to read or scan the book in order to get familiar with the big picture of the latest in scientific thought. We await a second book that will cover the complexity of thought and cultures that evolved from this panorama. The book is a step forward in the ongoing dialogue between science, philosophy, and theology. It would be great to have it complemented by advances in human psychological, sociological and cultural studies. The book, probably inadvertently,confirms the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas that in God's providential plan creatures are linked and related to each other as they reflect His inner being that He is "relatedness." of Father to Son in the Holy Spirit.
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