A Vision of Transdisciplinarity: Laying Foundations for a by Frederic Darbellay, Moira Cockell, Jerome Billotte, Francis

By Frederic Darbellay, Moira Cockell, Jerome Billotte, Francis Waldvogel

Through a sequence of unique essays, this publication unites a global staff of well known researchers and educators round the topic of data discussion. Spanning themes from common complexity to neuroscience, from schooling conception to weather swap, from immunology to archaelogy and human migrations, it enables an environment of confident feedback and allows the ambition to construct a brand new beginning for the transdisciplinary procedure.

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EW$ISCOVERIES $E½NING#OMPLEXITY  3EARCHINGFOR3IMPLICITYIN#OMPLEXITY 'ROWTH )NNOVATION %CONOMIESOF3CALE ANDTHE0ACEOF,IFEFROM#ELLSTO#ITIES Summary by Moira Cockell and Francis Walvogel of the presentation3 by Geoffrey West Life is the most complex phenomenon in the Universe manifesting an extraordinary diversity of form and function over an enormous scale. Yet, as Geoffrey West shows us, many of its most fundamental and complex phenomena scale with size in a surprisingly simple fashion.

Ricœur, P. (1992) Oneself as Another, The University of Chicago Press Chicago. EW$ISCOVERIES $E½NING#OMPLEXITY  3EARCHINGFOR3IMPLICITYIN#OMPLEXITY 'ROWTH )NNOVATION %CONOMIESOF3CALE ANDTHE0ACEOF,IFEFROM#ELLSTO#ITIES Summary by Moira Cockell and Francis Walvogel of the presentation3 by Geoffrey West Life is the most complex phenomenon in the Universe manifesting an extraordinary diversity of form and function over an enormous scale. Yet, as Geoffrey West shows us, many of its most fundamental and complex phenomena scale with size in a surprisingly simple fashion.

It is a mathematical expression of the fact that metabolism costs a lot more to a mouse than to an elephant and an illustration that life exhibits a remarkable economy of scale. The relationship of a 3/4 slope between metabolic rate and mass also holds in the taxonomic classes of smaller structural units of living things, down to cells in culture, mitochondria and bacteria – indeed it is maintained over a scale spanning at least 27 orders of magnitude. Small may be beautiful, but large is definitely more efficient.

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