UK Nonlinear News, May 1999
(We would like to carry reviews of any of these books in future issues of UK Nonlinear News.)
Chaos control has become a fast-developing interdisciplinary research field in recent years. This book is for engineers and applied scientists who want to have a broad understanding of the emerging field of chaos control. It describes fundamental concepts, outlines representative techniques, provides case studies, and highlights recent developments, putting the reader at the forefront of current research.
Important topics presented in the book include:
760pp, 312 Figs, and 728 Refs.
World Scientific Pub. Co., Singapore. May 1998.
A 18-page LaTeX file including Foreword, Preface, Table of Contents, and Epilogue is available via ftp: ftp:\\ftp.egr.uh.edu/pub/TeX/order.tex (login name: "anonymous" password: your email address) (note: there also is a bibliography of 810 titles on chaos control and synchronization in this directory, named chaos.tex there are also a few overview articles, named a1, a2, etc.)
For more details see ftp://ftp.egr.uh.edu/pub/TeX/chaos-order.ps
Over the past few decades, numerous scientists have called for a unification of the fields of embryo development, genetics, and evolution. Each field has glaring holes in its ability to explain the fundamental phenomena of life. In this book, the author shows how the phenomenon of cell differentiation, considered in its temporal and spatial aspects during embryogenesis, provides a starting point for a unified theory of multicellular organisms, including their evolution and genetics. This unification is based on the recent discovery of differentiation waves by the author and his colleagues, described in the appendices, and illustrated by a flip movie prepared by a medical artist. To help the reader through the many fields covered, a glossary is included. Differentiation waves appear to play a dominant role in determining the topology and sequence of embryonic development. They provide a new paradigm for the genetic program as an hierarchical differentiation tree representing an alternation of the physics of these waves and the gene cascades they trigger. In this paradigm, there are no morphogen gradients, no morphogens, no positional information, no cytoplasmic determinants, and no prepatterns. Embryonic induction and regulation, along with morphogenetic movements, are secondary phenomena. Differentiation trees provide a new model for evolution within the Darwinian framework, and in particular suggest an explanation for the progressive nature of evolution.
Scientists interested in biology, and graduate students; computer scientists (artificial life, computing embryos, fractal morphogenesis & evolution), engineers (tensegrity, embryonics, active media), microbiologists (bacteria, ciliates, yeast), evolutionists (systematists, paleontologists, Baldwin effect, macroevolution, radiation, punctuated equilibrium, hopeful monsters, population biology, ciliate origin of multicellular organisms, haplontic/diplontic life cycles), developmental biologists (all major mosaic and regulating systems, including nematodes, Arabidopsis, Drosophila, zebrafish, Xenopus, chick, mouse, urodeles, sea urchins, metamorphosis, short germ band insects, polyembryonic wasps, sex determination), molecular developmental biologists (homeobox genes, control hierarchies, compaction, gastrulation, neurulation, limb formation, segmentation, regeneration, placodes, bilateral asymmetry, morphogenetic furrow), geneticists (structure of whole genomes, chromosomes in development and evolution, birth defects), historians and philosophers of biology (vitalism, orthogenesis, reductionism, neoDarwinism, progressive evolution), theoretical and mathematical biologists, neurophysiologists and psychologists (incomplete development of the brain, brain laterality, speech, sleep, learning, instinct), physicists (biophysics of embryos), cell biologists (cytoskeletal and nuclear mechanics, asymmetric cell division, mechanochemical signaling pathways, transdifferentiation, calcium waves), ecologists (fluctuating asymmetry, evolution of behaviour, parallel radiations).
Gordon, R. (1999). The Hierarchical Genome and Differentiation Waves: Novel Unification of Development, Genetics and Evolution (publication planned for April, 1999). Singapore: World Scientific and London: Imperial College Press, 2 vols., about 1835p., 6943 references, list US$108 or GBP 74, prepublication orders 15% lower. For students and people in developing countries, there are ongoing discounts of 20% and 25%, respectively, even after publication. Order form: http://www.wspc.com.sg/books/lifesci/2755.html