Murray Gell-Mann was one of the brightest lights not only in physics but in all of science. A modern-day Renaissance man he had, according to current Santa Fe Institute president David Krakauer said Gell Mann, “a mind both cavernous and extensive — animated by the most intense fire of roguish curiosity that I have ever beheld.”
Are there underlying laws of biological organisms, as there are laws of physics? What fundamental rules govern living things, and how do these rules map onto human-created communities? Geoffrey West walks us through these questions, and their far-reaching implications for long-term sustainability.