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Intangible Life [electronic resource] : Functorial Connections in Relational Biology / by A.H. Louie.

By: Louie, A.H [author.].
Contributor(s): SpringerLink (Online service).
Material type: TextTextSeries: Anticipation Science: 2Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer, 2017Description: XXIII, 264 p. 4 illus. online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783319654096.Subject(s): Biology-Philosophy | Algebra | Life sciences | Mathematical and Computational Biology | Philosophy of Biology | Category Theory, Homological Algebra | Life Sciences, general | Applications of Graph Theory and Complex NetworksAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No title; Printed edition:: No title; Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 570.285 Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
PART I:  Potestas:  The Power Set Functor -- Chapter 1. Prooemium:  Relations -- Chapter 2.  Solus:  Mappings -- Chapter 3. Congeries:  Set-Valued Mappings -- Chapter 4. Coniunctio:  Functorial Connections -- Part II: Sicut:  Natural Law and the Modelling Relation -- Chapter 5. Modus:  Rational Nature -- Chapter 6. Opera:  By-Products and Side-Effects -- Chapter 7. Metabolism and Repair -- Chapter 8. Replication -- PART III:  Dimissio:  From Invertibility to Adjunction -- Chapter 9. Equivalence -- Chapter 10. Adjunction -- Chapter 11. Descartes and Galois -- Chapter 12. Free and Forgetful -- Chapter 13. Power and Riches -- Acknowledgment -- Bibliography -- Index.
In: Springer eBooksSummary: This rare publication continues an exploratory journey in relational biology, a study of biology in terms of the organization of networked connections in living systems. It builds on the author’s two earlier monographs which looked at the epistemology of life and the ontogeny of life. Here the emphasis is on the intangibility of life, that the real nature of living systems is conveyed not by their tangible material basis but by their intangible inherent processes.    Relational biology is the approach that hails ‘function dictates structure’; it is mathematics decoded into biological realizations. Therefore, the work begins with a concise introduction to category theory, equiping the reader with the mathematical metalanguage of relation biology. The book is organized around three parts:   Part I is a comprehensive study of the most important functor in relational biology, the power set functor.  The author lays the set-theoretic foundations of the functorial connections in relational biology, exploring relations, mappings, and set-valued mappings.   In Part II, Natural Law receives a new mathematical formulation founded on two axioms: ‘Everything is a set.’ and ‘Every process is a set-valued mapping.’ The reader sees how Metabolism–Repair networks, equipped with set-valued processors, expand their role from models of biological entities to generic models of all natural systems.     Part III expounds the various shades of invertibility in general, and the inversion of encoding to decoding in particular.  A plethora of mathematical and biological examples illustrate the category-theoretic concepts of equivalence and adjunction.   This book's algebraic approach to biological models will appeal to researchers and graduate students in mathematics, biology, and the philosophy of science.
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PART I:  Potestas:  The Power Set Functor -- Chapter 1. Prooemium:  Relations -- Chapter 2.  Solus:  Mappings -- Chapter 3. Congeries:  Set-Valued Mappings -- Chapter 4. Coniunctio:  Functorial Connections -- Part II: Sicut:  Natural Law and the Modelling Relation -- Chapter 5. Modus:  Rational Nature -- Chapter 6. Opera:  By-Products and Side-Effects -- Chapter 7. Metabolism and Repair -- Chapter 8. Replication -- PART III:  Dimissio:  From Invertibility to Adjunction -- Chapter 9. Equivalence -- Chapter 10. Adjunction -- Chapter 11. Descartes and Galois -- Chapter 12. Free and Forgetful -- Chapter 13. Power and Riches -- Acknowledgment -- Bibliography -- Index.

This rare publication continues an exploratory journey in relational biology, a study of biology in terms of the organization of networked connections in living systems. It builds on the author’s two earlier monographs which looked at the epistemology of life and the ontogeny of life. Here the emphasis is on the intangibility of life, that the real nature of living systems is conveyed not by their tangible material basis but by their intangible inherent processes.    Relational biology is the approach that hails ‘function dictates structure’; it is mathematics decoded into biological realizations. Therefore, the work begins with a concise introduction to category theory, equiping the reader with the mathematical metalanguage of relation biology. The book is organized around three parts:   Part I is a comprehensive study of the most important functor in relational biology, the power set functor.  The author lays the set-theoretic foundations of the functorial connections in relational biology, exploring relations, mappings, and set-valued mappings.   In Part II, Natural Law receives a new mathematical formulation founded on two axioms: ‘Everything is a set.’ and ‘Every process is a set-valued mapping.’ The reader sees how Metabolism–Repair networks, equipped with set-valued processors, expand their role from models of biological entities to generic models of all natural systems.     Part III expounds the various shades of invertibility in general, and the inversion of encoding to decoding in particular.  A plethora of mathematical and biological examples illustrate the category-theoretic concepts of equivalence and adjunction.   This book's algebraic approach to biological models will appeal to researchers and graduate students in mathematics, biology, and the philosophy of science.

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