Bridging the Gap Between Mind and Matter

From the Structure of Language to the Language of Structures

Complex systems in nature and society make use of information for the development of their internal organization and the control of their functional mechanisms. Alongside technical aspects of storing, transmitting and processing information, the various semantic aspects of information, such as meaning, sense, reference and function, play a decisive part in the analysis of such systems. These aspects are also crucial for the understanding of the origin and evolution of life.

Selected publications

Küppers, B.-O.: The Language of Living Matter. How Molecules Acquire Meaning. The Frontiers Collection. Springer International, Cham 2021 (read more)

Küppers, B-O.: The Computability of the World. How Far Can Science Take us? The Frontiers Collection. Springer International, Cham 2018 (read more)

Küppers, B.-O.: The nucleation of semantic information in prebiotic matter: In: Domingo, E., Schuster, P. (Eds.): Quasispecies: From Theory to Experimental Systems: Springer International, Cham 2016: 23-42   (download)

Küppers, B.-O., Artmann, S. and Hahn, U. (Eds.): Evolution of Semantic Systems. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 2013 (read more)

Küppers, B.-O.: Elements of a semantic code. In: Küppers, B.-O., Artmann, S. and Hahn, U. (Eds.): Evolution of Semantic Systems. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 2013: 67-85   (download)

Küppers, B.-O.: Information and communication in living matter. In: Davies, P. and Gregersen, N. H. (Eds.), Information and the Nature of Reality – From Physics to Metaphysics, Cambridge 2010: 170-184   (download)

Küppers, B.-O.: The world of biological complexity: Origin and Evolution of Life“, in: St. J. Dick (Ed.), Many Worlds, Pennsylvania 2000: 31-43 (download)

Küppers, B.-O.: The Context-Dependence of Biological Information. In: Kornwachs, K. and Jacoby, K. (Eds.), Information. New Questions to a Multidisciplinary Concept, Berlin 1995: 135-145 (Reprinted in, Ludus Vitalis. Journal of Philosophy of Life Sciences, Vol. III, Nr. 5, (1995): 5-17; Reprinted in: Lombardo, R. G., Contreras, J. M. and Cortes, J. L. V. (Eds.), Estudios en Historia y Filosofía de la Biología, Vol. 2, Mexico 1999: 275-289) (download)

  • German: Die Kontextabhängigkeit biologischer Information. In: Krüger, L. and Falkenburg, B. (Eds.). Physik, Philosophie und die Einheit der Wissenschaften. Heidelberg 1995: 260-277 (download)

  • Japanese: Contempory Philosophy (Revue de la Pensee d Aujourd d Hui) 25-7 (1997): 278-289 (download)

Küppers, B.-O.: Der semantische Aspekt von Information und seine evolutionsbiologische Bedeutung. In: Köhler, W. (Ed.), Signalwandlung und Informationsverarbeitung. Nova Acta Leopoldina, 294 (1996): 195-219 (download)

Küppers, B.-O.: Understanding complexity. In: Beckermann, A., Flohr, H. and Kim, J. (Eds.). Emergence or Reduction? Essays on the Prospects of Nonreductive Physicalism. Walter de Gryter, Berlin, New York 1992 (Reprinted in, Russell, R. J., Murphy, N. and Peacocke, A. R. (Eds.), Chaos and Complexity. Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action. Vatican Observatory Foundation 1965: 93-105) (download)

  • Spanish: Comprendiendo la complejidad. Problemas de reduccion en la biologia. Uroboros. Revista Internacional de Filosofiia de la Biologia. Vol. II, No 1, 1992: 5-24 (Reprint under the title: Confrontando la Complejidad. Problemas de Reduccion en Biologia. Ludus Vitalis. Revista de Filosofia de las Ciencias de la Vida. Vol. 1, No 1, 1993: 117-135) (download)

Küppers, B.-O.: Information and the Origin of Life. MIT Press, Cambridge/Mass. 1990 (read more)

  • German: Der Ursprung biologischer Information. Piper Verlag, München 1986 (read more)

  • Polish: Geneza informacji biologicznej.Panstwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, Warszawa 1991 (read more)
  • Japanese: 生物情報の起源. Tokyo 1991 (read more)

Küppers, B.-O.: On the prior probability of the existence of life. In: Gigerenzer, G. Krüger, L. and Morgan, M. S. (Eds.), The Probabilistic Revolution 1800-1930, Vol. II, Probability in Modern Science, Cambridge/Mass. 1987: 355-369 (download)

Küppers, B.-O.: Molecular Evolution and the Origin of Life. In: Andersen S. and Peacocke (Eds.), Evolution and Creation. Aarhus University Press 1987: 59-64 (download)

Küppers, B.-O.: Molecular Theory of Evolution. Outline of a Physico-Chemical Theory of the Origin of Life. Springer 1983, 2nd. edition 1985 (read more)

Küppers, B.-O.: Some remarks on the dynamics of molecular self-organization. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 41 (1979): 803-812

Küppers, B.-O.: Towards an experimental analysis of molecular self-organization and precellular Darwinian evolution. Naturwissenschaften 66 (1979): 228-243 (download)

Küppers, B.-O.: Phänotypische Information von Nukleinsäuren: Die Initiationssignale für die RNA-Replikation durch die Qß-Replikase, Berichte der Bunsengesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie 11 (1976): 1149-1153 (download)

Küppers, B-O.: The general principles of selection and evolution at the molecular level. In: Butler, J. V. A. (Ed.), Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Vol. 30, Oxford 1975: 1-22 (download)

Küppers, B.-O., Sumper, M.: Minimal requirements for template recognition by bacteriophage Qß-replicase: Approach to general RNA-dependent RNA synthesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 72 (1975): 2640-2643 (download)