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Current Issue

How Life Got ComplexIn this issue
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Perspectives: The Complexity of Life
By David Krakauer
Current scientific theories fall short in explaining life's complexity
Biological Systems, Energy, & Information
By Jennifer Dunne
Energy & information are key to understanding biological complexity
Why Nature Went to the Trouble of Creating…You
By Nathan Collins
How an organism stands to gain from becoming more complex
Life's Information Hierarchy
By Jessica Flack
Complex, multi-scale life manipulates space & time to reduce uncertainty about the future

Past Issues


2013
vol.27
PDF 3.3 MB

Winter 2012
vol.26, no.1
PDF 9.6 MB

Spring 2011
vol.25, no.1
PDF 6.3 MB

2009
vol.24, no.1
PDF 6.7 MB

Spring 2008
vol.23, no.1
PDF 6.2 MB

Winter 2007
vol.22, no.1
PDF 4.5 MB

Winter 2006
vol.21, no.1
PDF 18.9 MB

Spring 2005
vol.20, no.1
PDF 18.6 MB

Fall 2004
vol.19, no.2
PDF 8.3 MB

Winter 2004
vol.19, no.1
PDF 1.7 MB

Winter 2003
vol.18, no.1
PDF 1.0 MB

Winter 2002
vol.17, no.1
PDF 1.8 MB

Summer 2001
vol.16, no.1
PDF 1.7 MB

Fall 2000
vol.15, no.2
PDF 4.8 MB

Spring 2000
vol.15, no.1
PDF 1.4 MB

Fall 1999
vol.14, no.2
PDF 1.6 MB

Winter 1999
vol.14, no.1
PDF 1.2 MB

Summer 1998
vol.13, no.2
PDF 2.6 MB

Winter 1998
vol.13, no.1
PDF 4.8 MB

Summer 1997
vol.12, no.2
PDF 5.1 MB

Winter 1996
vol.12, no.1
PDF 2.1 MB

Summer 1996
vol.11, no.2
PDF 3.5 MB

Winter 1995
vol.11, no.1
PDF 2.8 MB

Spring 1995
vol.10, no.1
PDF 3.6 MB

Winter 1994
vol.9, no.2
PDF 12.3 MB

Summer 1994
vol.9, no.1
PDF 3.0 MB

Fall 1993
vol.8, no.2
PDF 5.1 MB

Fall/Winter 1992
vol.7, no.2
PDF 8.4 MB

Spring/Summer 1992
vol.7, no.1
PDF 3.7 MB

Fall/Winter 1991
vol.6, no.2
PDF 3.7 MB

Winter/Spring 1991
vol.6, no.1
PDF 2.5 MB

Summer/Fall 1990
vol.5, no.2
PDF 2.8 MB

Summer/Fall 1989
vol.4, no.2
PDF 3.9 MB

Winter/Spring 1989
vol.4, no.1
PDF 4.3 MB

Spring/Fall 1988
vol.3, no.2
PDF 3.7 MB

Winter/Spring 1988
vol.3, no.1
PDF 3.3 MB

Summer/Fall 1987
vol.2, no.1
PDF 3.8 MB

Summer 1986
vol.1, no.1
PDF 709.3 KB