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Evolution as Entropy, second edition

by Daniel R. Brooks and E. O. Wiley
Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 1988. 429 pages.

Originally published in 1986, with a second edition following in 1988, Evolution as Entropy ambitiously sought to argue that living systems manifest growing complexity and self-organization as a result of increasing entropy (contrary, of course, to the canard that evolution is thermodynamically impossible). Reviewing Evolution as Entropy for BioEssays, Niles Eldredge commented, "Though no one (probably including the authors themselves) will be inclined to think the book an unmitigated success, it will suffice to report that it is a provocative and stimulating exploration of a line of theoretical analysis that is sure to be followed up extensively in years to come."