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On nevo- and oncogenetics in addition to remarks on iatrophilosophy (biosophy) 



Ross Ashby, An Introduction to Cybernetics (1964 Methuen)

Ross Ashby, Design for a Brain - The Origin of Adaptive Behaviour (1960 Chapman & Hall).

Per Bak, How Nature Works - The Science of Self-Organised Criticality (1996 Copernicus). Power Laws and widespread applications, approachable.

Margaret Boden (ed), The Philosophy of Artificial Life (1996 OUP).

John Casti, Complexification: explaining a paradoxical world through the science of surprise (1994 HarperCollins).

Cameron and Yovits (Eds.), Self-Organizing Systems (1960 Pergamon Press)
Cohen and Stewart, The Collapse of Chaos - Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World (1994 Viking). Excellent and approachable analysis.

Manfred Eigen, The Self Organization of Matter (?)

Eigen and Schuster, The Hypercycle: A principle of natural self- organization (1979 Springer)

Eigen and Winkler-Oswatitsch, Steps Toward Life: a perspective on evolution (1992 Oxford University Press)

Claus Emmeche, The Garden in the Machine: The Emerging Science of Artificial Life (1994 Princeton)

von Foerster and Zopf (Eds.), Principles of Self-Organization (1962 Pergamon)

John Formby, An Introduction to the Mathematical Formulation of Self-organizing Systems (1965 ?)

Forrest S.(ed), Emergent Computation: Self-organising, Collective and Cooperative Phenomena in Natural & Artifical Computings Networks (1991 MIT)

Murray Gell-Mann, Quark and the Jaguar - Adventures in the simple and the complex (1994 Little, Brown & Company). From a quantum viewpoint, popular.

James Gleick, Chaos - Making a New Science (1987 Cardinal). The most popular science book related to the subject, simple but a good start.

Goldstein, Jacobi & Yovits (Eds.), Self-Organizing Systems (1962 Spartan)

John Holland, Adaption in Natural and Artificial Systems: An Introductory Analysis with applications to Biology, Control & AI (1992 MIT Press)

John Holland, Hidden Order - How adaption builds complexity (1995 Addison Wesley). Complex Adaptive Systems and Genetic Algorithms, approachable.

Erich Jantsch, The Self-Organizing Universe: Scientific and Human Implications of the Emerging Paradigm of Evolution (1979 Oxford)

George Kampis, Self-modifying systems in biology and cognitive science: A new framework for dynamics, information, and complexity (1991 Pergamon)

Stuart Kauffman, At Home in the Universe - The Search for the Laws of Self-Organisation and Complexity (1995 OUP). An approachable summary

Stuart Kauffman, The Origins of Order - Self-Organisation and Selection in Evolution (1993 OUP). Technical masterpiece

Kevin Kelly, Out of Control - The New Biology of Machines (1994 Addison Wesley). General popular overview of the future implications of adaption.

Scott Kelso, Dynamic Patterns: The Self-Organisation of Brain and Behaviour (? MIT Press)

George Klir, Facets of Systems Science (1991 Plenum Press)

Kohonen T., Self-Organisation and Associative Memory (1984 Springer-Verlag)

Christopher Langton (ed.), Artificial Life - Proceedings of the first ALife atlanta web design company conference at Santa Fe (1989 Addison Wesley). Technical (several later volumes are available but this is the best introduction).

Steven Levy, Artificial Life - The Quest for a New Creation (1992 Jonathan Cape). Excellent popular introduction.

Roger Lewin, Complexity - Life at the Edge of Chaos (1993 Macmillan). An excellent introduction to the general field.

Benoit Mandelbrot, The Fractal Geometry of Nature (1983 Freeman). A classic covering percolation and self-similarity in many areas.

Nicolis and Prigogine, Self-Organization in Non-Equilibrium Systems (1977 Wiley)

Nicolis and Prigogine, Exploring Complexity (1989 Freeman)

Pines D.(ed), Emerging Syntheses in Science, (1985 Addison-Wesley)

Pribram K.H. (ed), Origins: Brain and Self-organization (1994 Lawrence Ealbaum)

Prigogine & Stengers, Order out of Chaos (1985 Flamingo) Non-equilibrium & dissipative systems, an early classic.

Manfred Schroeder, Fractals,Chaos,Power Laws - Minutes from an Infinite Paradise (1991 Freeman & Co.). Self-similarity in all things, technical.

John von Neumann, Theory of Self Reproducing Automata (1966 Univ.Illinois)

Mitchell Waldrop, Complexity - The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos (1992 Viking). Popular scientific introduction.

Stephen Wolfram, Cellular Automata and Complexity: Collected Papers, (1994 Addison-Wesley) 

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