Dance To The Tune Of Life by Noble Denis
In this thought-provoking book Denis Noble formulates the theory of biological relativity emphasising that living organisms operate at multiple levels of complexity and must therefore be analysed from a multi-scale relativistic perspective. Noble explains that all biological processes operate by means of molecular cellular and organismal networks. The interactive nature of these fundamental processes is at the core of biological relativity and as such challenges simplified molecular reductionism. Noble shows that such an integrative view emerges as the necessary consequence of the rigorous application of mathematics to biology. Drawing on his pioneering work in the mathematical physics of biology he shows that what emerges is a deeply humane picture of the role of the organism in constraining its chemistry including its genes to serve the organism as a whole especially in the interaction with its social environment. This humanistic holistic approach challenges the common gene-centred view held by many in modern biology and culture.