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The Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution

by Stuart A. Kauffman
New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. 734 pages.

Can life self-organize? Kauffman answers yes in his presentation of a non-Darwinian explanation for the origin of life and early molecular systems. An answer to "intelligent design theory"! "An integrative book that will become a landmark and a classic as we grope towards a more comprehensive and satisfying theory of evolution", according to Stephen Jay Gould.