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Scale: The Universal Laws Of Life And Death In Organisms, Cities And Companies Geoffrey West

 

 

 

Scale: The Universal Laws of Life and Death in Organisms, Cities and Companies

by Geoffrey West

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Geoffrey West's research centres on a quest to find unifying principles and patterns connecting everything, from cells and ecosystems to cities, social networks and businesses.

'An absolutely riveting read . . . groundbreaking' Marcus du Sautoy

'This book will expand your thinking from three dimensions to four' Nassim Nicholas Taleb

'Scale is a firework display of popular science' Niall Ferguson

'This is an important and original book, of immense scope' Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal

Scale addresses big, urgent questions about global sustainability, population explosion, urbanization, ageing, cancer, human lifespans and the increasing pace of life, but also encourages us to question the world around us. Why can we live for 120 years but not for a thousand? Why does the pace of life continually increase? Why do mice live for just two or three years and elephants for up to 75? Why do companies behave like mice, and are they all destined to die? Do cities, companies and human beings have natural, pre-determined lifespans? Are we just a fascinating experiment in natural selection that is ultimately doomed to fail? And what is the origin of the magic number 4 that seems to determine much of physiology and life-history from birth to death?

 

 

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rank: #42,249
price: $30.00
bound: 496 pages
publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (May 18, 2017)
lang: English
asin: B010P7Z8J0
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For example, why can we not live for hundreds of years, why is the number of heartbeats in a life span roughly equal to that of elephants, mice and many others, what is the origin of the magic number 4, why do we stop growing, why do whales get very few tumours, can we develop a science of cities and companies, is there a maximum city size?Some criticisms of the book are very unfairAs a general rule we do not censor any content on the siteHoover - Publi sur Amazon.comFormat: Reli Achat vrifi This is a very intriguing bookIt's true there is a citation to the original work (although not a very helpful one)2 (Reproduction in Mammals Series) 62 Electroporation in Laboratory and Clinical Investigations 62 Elispot for Rookies (and Experts Too) (Techniques in Life Science and Biomedicine for the Non-Expert) 62 Essential Developmental Biology 61 Natural Product Biosynthesis: Chemical Logic and Enzymatic Machinery 61 Advanced Textbook on Gene Transfer, Gene Therapy and Genetic Pharmacology: Principles, Delivery and Pharmacological and Biomedical Applications of I enjoyed very much reading it, and learnt a lotEn lire plus En lire moins click to open popover Offres spciales et liens associs Soldes & Bons Plans Dcouvrez toute notre slection en solde du 28 juin au 8 aot inclus et profitez de nos bons plans ! Prime Day 2017 : un rendez-vous unique pour profiter de milliers d'offres exceptionnelles, reserv exclusivement aux membres Amazon PrimeSelecting the item displayed will insert text that looks like this: [[ASIN:014312854XHamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)]] 7Readers who are new to these ideas are likely to be misinformed, although probably entertainedThis includes selected mammals and birds, and does illustrate rough linearity in log-log space

 

When your review is displayed on Amazon.com, this text will be transformed into a hyperlink, like this:Hamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)You are limited to 10 product links in your review, and your link text may not be longer than 256 characters.Please write at least one wordYou must purchase at least one item from Amazon to post a commentA problem occurred while submitting your commentThis is key, because a lot of things also go up with powers of mass and people disagree on which ones of them are important for setting the metabolic rate.Finally, there is a chart purporting to show that net income and assets of companies are linear in log-log space with number of employeesWest tells the fascinating story of Tusko the elephant who was given LSD as an experiment to investigate why bulls go on a two week rampageNothing in the physical universe is exponential and fastInterrompu Vous coutez un extrait de l'dition audio Audible En savoir plus Scale: The Universal Laws of Life and Death in Organisms, Cities and Companies (Anglais) Broch – 3 mai 2018 de Geoffrey West (Auteur) : Consulter la page Geoffrey West d'Amazon Trouver tous les livres, en savoir plus sur l'auteurv Click Insert product link4But it turns out that does not support the linearity the author of book claims, the whole point of the chart is to show that larger cities have more patents per capita than smaller ones, and says explicitly that the relation is non-linearMy own interests relate to the efforts at understanding the longevity and mortality of companies and non-profit enterprisesOnly products offered on Amazon can be linked.SelectWhat's this?What are product links?In the text of your review, you can link directly to any product offered on Amazon.com

 

Surprisingly little good work has been done in this areaAlso in the first few pages, the author is hyperventilating about the "exponential rate of urbanization" that has increased the proportion of US residents who live in cities from 4% 200 years ago to 80% today and is an "impending tsunami with the potential to overwhelm us." A few seconds reflection shows the absurdity of thatThis is clearly nonsenseThe author is the undeniable world expert some of these things, and they are very important things to understandHaving read it once, after my overstimulated mind settles down, I intend to read it againYou can't talk about scale in isolation from what is being measuredBut here the main interest is in the slope of the line rather than the linearityPlease try again later.Sign in to comment Showing 0 of 0 commentsSort by: Newest Oldest There was a problem loading the comments at the moment

 

Please try again later.2.0 out of 5 starsOverlong, rambling, impreciseIt looks constant, because the range seems to be about 30 million to 150 million, but the vertical scale runs from 100 to one trillionSo far from a universal constant in nature, we find that a subset of mammals happen to have values within a factor of five, with other mammals and non-mammals outside that range, but missing from the chart even though the vertical axis is scaled to accommodate them.A better chart shows metabolic rate versus weight (here labeled "mass" despite being the same scale as the previous graph)The same applies to any survival studies of the Fortune 500, which I have been following since 1963.I imagine the book's approach might be much more successful (and insightful) had the author studied products or industries rather than companiesCompare to Top Competitors vs The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks vs Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology vs Molecular Biology of the Cell vs The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease and Inheritance vs The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles vs The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being: Evolution and the Making of Us vs The Brain: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) vs Bumpology: The myth-busting pregnancy book for curious parents-to-be vs Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the meaning of life vs Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed It rambles into his views on the future of the planet etc, and also contains long hagiographic pen portraits of everone that he has ever worked with (they are all incredibly talented and they did great work together).In summary, to get the best out of this book read the first couple of chapters and skip the rest

 

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