Book Club: Stuart Kauffman’s “At Home in the Universe”
How does order emerge naturally -- possibly even necessarily -- out of chaos? This "highly recommended" book offers fascinating insights into the complexity we see in nature.
Says Amazon.com: "A major scientific revolution has begun, a new paradigm that rivals Darwin's theory in importance. At its heart is the discovery of the order that lies deep within the most complex of systems, from the origin of life, to the workings of giant corporations, to the rise and fall of great civilizations. And more than anyone else, this revolution is the work of one man, Stuart Kauffman, a MacArthur Fellow and visionary pioneer of the new science of complexity. Now, in At Home in the Universe, Kauffman brilliantly weaves together the excitement of intellectual discovery and a fertile mix of insights to give the general reader a fascinating look at this new science -- and at the forces for order that lie at the edge of chaos"
The discussion -- followed by Thai food at Pongsri for the hungry and/or conversational -- will be led by SHSNY Book Club Editor Elaine Lynn, who says "It's a book that will be fascinating to both material reductionists and people who feel 'spiritual'"
Join us even if you haven't finished reading. The book club is open to all ... and free! Every meeting is a book swap, too. Bring the books gathering dust on your shelves and take your pick of other readers' castaways. The leftovers? Donated to the Muhlenberg.
Directions to the Muhlenberg Library, 209 West 23rd Street (at 7th Ave.): 1 train to 23rd St. & 7th Ave., F or V to 23rd & 6th, C or E to 23rd & 8th; #23 or #20 bus to 23rd & 7th. Parking garages at 170 and 101 West 23rd. The library has an elevator to the 3rd floor Community Room.