Bernd-Olaf Küppers (ed.)

Ordnung aus dem Chaos
Prinzipien der Selbstorganisation und Evolution des Lebens

Festschrift for the 60th birthday of Manfred Eigen

Piper Verlag, Munich 1st edition 1987, 2nd edition 1988, 3rd edition 1991

284 pp.
ISBN 3-492-10743-5


The results of modern biology have led to profound insights into the origin and evolution of life. Living matter is no longer to be regarded as the consequence of mysterious and immaterial forces, but as the result of a gigantic process of self–organization of matter, in the course of which living beings originated step by step from a molecular chaos. Although the historical root of this process is unique, the overall process underlies the general principles of natural laws. A more exact analysis shows that the principles already known are rich enough to generate the entire diversity and complexity of living phenomena.


Andreas Dress, Hermann Haken, Benno Hess, Bernd-Olaf Küppers, Christoph von der Malsburg, Mario Markus, Hans Meinhardt, Dietmar Pörschke, Peter H. Richter, Hans-Joachim Scholz, Klaus Schulten, Peter Schuster