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3.0 out of 5 stars A good first introduction, 28 April 2014
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This is Robert Rosen's first book, it was written in the 1960's, and should be considered a first introduction to the subject. It is not to be considered in the list of truly remarkable ground breaking work he did in his later works, e.g. "Life Itself", "Anticipatory Systems". However, given his inimitable style and great creativity this can not long remain hidden. At times Rosen starts in a standard way to define various aspects of optimality, e.g. the variational principles, and then goes off on his own to bring forth a different way of constructing a given approach, new, innovative and richer in its depth. However, for the most his introductions to the various areas of optimality in biology is brief and uses standard approaches. The coverage is quite wide extending from variational principles to input-output systems and feedback. Each chapter is designed to bring out brief but salient points in the field. In this sense it is a small introductory text for the non-expert.
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