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Record number 490107
Title General Laws and Centripetal Science
Author(s) Jagers Op Akkerhuis, G.A.J.M.
Source European Review 22 (2014). - ISSN 1062-7987 - p. S113 - S144.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S106279871300080X
Department(s) Animal Ecology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2014
Keyword(s) lipid vesicles - evolution - thermodynamics - organization - systems - hierarchy - selection
Abstract The large number of discoveries in the last few decades has caused a scientific crisis that is characterised by overspecialisation and compartmentalisation. To deal with this crisis, scientists look for integrating approaches, such as general laws and unifying theories. Representing what can be considered a general form law, the operator hierarchy is used here as a bridge between existing integrating approaches, including: a cosmic timeline, hierarchy and ontology, a periodic table of periodic tables, the unification of evolutionary processes, a general evolution concept, and general aspects of thermodynamics. At the end of the paper an inventory of unifying concepts is presented in the form of a cross table. The study ends with a discussion of major integrating principles in science.
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