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Work Meets Life – Exploring the Integrative Study of Work in Living Systems - MIT Press Scholarship Online
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Work Meets Life: Exploring the Integrative Study of Work in Living Systems

Robert Levin, Simon Laughlin, Christina De La Rocha, and Alan Blackwell


The work performed by living systems ranges from photosynthesis to prodigious feats of computation and organization. This book explores the relationships between work and the study of work across many different levels of organization. By addressing how work gets done, and why, from the perspectives of a range of disciplines, including cell and evolutionary biology, neuroscience, psychology, electrical and computer engineering, and design, it sets out to establish an integrative approach to the study of work. Chapters introduce the biological work of producing energy in the cell; establish inhe ... More

Keywords: living systems, photosynthesis, study of work, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, psychology, computer engineering, producing energy, neural systems, integrated circuit manufacture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014120
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014120.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Levin, editor

Simon Laughlin, editor

Christina De La Rocha, editor

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