I would have given this 5 stars except it was enough over my head that I couldn t quite grasp all the connotations The fault is in the telling too at times, it is dry But so filled with pure gold that you don t mind digging All of it deposited around the allometric power laws. This is one of those what s it all about Alfie books But far, far better than most of them are It is an interdisciplinary approach, strong on the physics But includes so much of other philosophies or psychology of thought cognition and their practical applications in the real world that it would be impossible for me to clearly categorize it here Beyond my ability, but I will try. It s awesome Probably could have been editedrigidly, but the intersects would also have been less obvious I m going to buy it and peruse different parts when th Um daqueles livros raros e excelentes que integra reas enormes com conceitos claros, bem explicados e detalhados por algu m que entende muito do que est falando Geoffrey West trabalhava com f sica de part culas, mas com a idade avan ando, bateu aquele medo da morte e ele se envolveu com envelhecimento e fisiologia E trabalhando no Santa Fe Institute, ele estava no centro da interdisciplinaridade. Ao longo do livro, ele discute princ pios gerais pelos quais o mundo opera quando mudamos de escala O que acontece quando uma cidade cresce crimes, polui o, uso de recurso , quando uma empresa cresce ou envelhece chance de decaimento ou inova o , quando n s crescemos e envelhecemos Tudo isso discutindo pesquisa recente, com explica es claras e sem nenhuma f rmula matem tica Ele faz um esfor o enorme para deixar mesmo conceitos mais pesados como leis de pot ncia e cresciment West S Research Centres On A Quest To Find Unifying Principles And Patterns Connecting Everything, From Cells And Ecosystems To Cities, Social Networks And Businesses Scale Addresses Big, Urgent Questions About Global Sustainability, Population Explosion, Urbanization, Ageing, Cancer, Human Lifespans And The Increasing Pace Of Life, But Also Encourages Us To Question The World Around Us Why Can We Live ForYears But Not For A Thousand Why Does The Pace Of [ Pdf Scale µ cats PDF ] by Geoffrey B. West ↠´ Life Continually Increase Why Do Mice Live For Just Two Or Three Years And Elephants For Up ToWhy Do Companies Behave Like Mice, And Are They All Destined To Die Do Cities, Companies And Human Beings Have Natural, Pre Determined Lifespans Are We Just A Fascinating Experiment In Natural Selection That Is Ultimately Doomed To Fail And What Is The Origin Of The Magic NumberThat Seems To Determine Much Of Physiology And Life History From Birth To Death Geoffrey West is a physicist who in this book has attempted to provide some modeling tools that will enable understanding and predicting the future directions of highly complex systems involving human behavior He does this by first describing the scaling observations from the study of Allometric growth in the first part of the book, and then in the later parts of the book moving on to the fields of city planning, economics, and business with the assumption that their development and growth is analogous to biological growth In the final section he suggests a path toward a grand unified theory of sustainability I pause here to note that Goffrey West brags in the book s end notes that he has not used a single mathematical equation in the whole book Some people will find that to be an attractive feature, but I found it a detriment In my review that follows I have us In rating Geoffrey West s Scale The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies a four star read I am stating that I liked the book However I have a lot of sympathy with those who arecritical In the main I think he is on to something I enjoyed what was for me an introduction to an effort to fit the laws of physics to other sciences, esp the biological sciences This may be a very old effort, but the fact of it is new to me I have to agree that West can be repetitious Worse than that, I get the impression he will provide supporting proof for a few assertions and then uses the trust that engenders to make conclusions beyond his evidence The deeper into Scale I read, thesuspicious I become of initial arguments. A solid case can be m Scale The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies surprised me I learned so much from this book Why can we live up to 120 years, but not 1,000 laws of Thermodynamics Why do mice live for up to 2 to 3 years, and elephants live up to 75 laws of Thermodynamics Why do organisms and ecosystems from cells to whales to forests Scale with size in a predictable fashion Underlying universal math principles of biology Why do we stop growing Why do most companies live only for a few years they die or merge Why do cities keep growing and live almost forever cities are alive , basing assumptions on socio economics Can a hard science of cities and companies be developed physics equations Why does the pace of life increase What is metabolism Is there an optimum size of cities, anima Ý Scale Ý This is one of those very rare big science books that actually accomplishes the fiendishly difficult double act of maintaining a firm grasp on its explanatory power without going overboard into tedious philosophizing while at the same time actually delivering on the broad sweep and revelatory promise of its telos. Noted physicist, former director of the Santa Fe Institute, and expositor of complexity theory Geoffrey West introduces several concepts of physics, biology, urban development, business creation death, and resource consumption with a running thread of seemingly disparate connections between these areas in the form of scaling laws Using very helpful and sometimes eerily consistent when applied to a I am a little impartial to this book as it reminded me my uncle who is a nuclear physicist and our conversations in his kitchen whether economics is a science and other very interesting topics not not directly related to physics This book is written by the physicist who spent the last 20 years of his career investigating something which is not directly related to physics I like how physicists are looking at this world I sympathise totally with their practical approach and attempts to explain everything with the laws of nature West has established a quantifiable physical framework how organisms are developing and why The books summarises his findings It is written for general public in a rambling and discursive style with a lot of deviations from the main plot But they are always very curious The main idea of the book is
If you are only going to read one book on networks systems, let it be this Whenever a physicist takes on the question of What is Life, like Erwin Schr dinger did in 1944, spectacular things come from it Physicist Geoffrey West has carried on the Schr dinger tradition and given the world some serious food for thought This is probably going to be the longest review I have ever written because this is, without question, one of the most important books I have ever read and is an essential read for anyone who wants to better understand the changing face of evolutionary theory or better understand systems In Scale, Geoffrey West has written a paradigm shifting, seminal work in the area of evolution In this book, West remains modest, so much so, a typical reader might not know how significant a contribution to the theory of evolution he has made He does not detail the shortcomings or virtu Very well done popular science book Explains concepts of scaling both from cellular, individual, to large system levels Fascinating analysis on what kind of patterns and general rules we see with scaling in nature but also in human systems cities, corporations, etc I did this one in audiobook, kind of wish I d done it in physical book format so I could have takennotes dounderlining There are a lot of things mentioned in this book that I d like to read up on and learnabout, especially in the realm of large human engineered systems dynamics coupled with the role and arc of technological innovation and resilience sustainability of these systems I thought the material presented had a good balance between accessible concepts and gritty details, although as the author mentions he did have to flatten certain things out to make some conceptsaccessible to general public, which is
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