Scale

Scale

The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies

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"Visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks... Fascinated by issues of aging and mortality, West applied the rigor of a physicist to the biological question of why we live as long as we do and no longer. The result was astonishing, and changed science, creating a new understanding of energy use and metabolism: West found that despite the riotous diversity in the sizes of mammals, they are all, to a large degree, scaled versions of each other... West's work has been game changing for biologists, but then he made the even bolder move of exploring his work's applicability...and applied...[it] to the business and social world."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781594205583
1594205582
Characteristics: 479 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Sep 20, 2017

Both life forms and similarly structured human-made systems (cities, companies, economies) are governed by the same scaling laws and the same limitations that the lead to maximum size restrictions and ultimately “death” or decline. Sometimes it takes someone with an outside perspective, here a polymath physicist with intellectual curiosity, to put together pieces from multiple disciplines to discover patterns and connections between disparate systems. He also explores the causes of the scaling laws such as self-similarity, network configuration, and termination bottlenecks. There are future implications to society and sustainability. Although it could have been more tightly edited (there is much repetition), this book is fascinating and well worth the time.

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