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The Phenomenon of Life


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Part One 1. The Phenomenon of Life 2. Degrees of Life 3.Wholeness and the Theory of Centers 4. How Life comes from Wholeness 5. Fifteen Fundamental Properties 6. The Fifteen Properties in Nature Part Two 7. The Personal Nature of Order 8. The Mirror of the Self 9. Beyond Descartes: A New Form of Scientific Observation 10. The Impact of Living Structure on Human Life 11. The Awakening of Space Appendices: Mathematical Aspects of Wholeness and Living Structure

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Christopher Alexander is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, architecture, builder and author of many books and technical papers. He is the winner of the first medal for research ever awarded by the American Institute of Architects, and after 40 years of teaching is Emeritus Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.


"...Alexander's approach presents a fundamental challenge to us and our style-obsessed age. It suggests that beautiful form can come about only through a process that is meaningful to people..." - Thomas Fisher, Former Editor, Progressive Architecture

"Alexander's genetic scripts are likely to... play a role so fundamental in the future,that their widespread use cannot even be imagined today. This will change the world as effectively as the advent of printing changed the world." - Doug Carlston, Co-founder, Broderbund Software, Founder & CEO, icPlanet.com

"...I can think of no one - certainly no one in the last thirty or so years - who has produced a deeper, more profoundly meaningful, visionary and lasting body of work that both unifies and transcends science and spirituality, than Christopher Alexander." - Andy Ilachinsky, Theoretical Physicist

"Five hundred years is a long time, and I don't expect that many of the people I interview will be known in the year 2500. Alexander may be an exception." - David Creelman, Author, Interviewer, and Editor, HR Magazine

"...I believe Alexander is likely to be remembered most of all, in the end, for having produced the first credible proof of the existence of God..." - Eric Buck, Department of Philosophy, University of Kentucky

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