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Select Publications by EDU Community Scholars

Up to five references per scholar, with links to author publication lists where available.

Mary Ann Allison, author and scholar of complexity and evolutionary process in sociology and culture.

Robin Allott, author and scholar in linguistics, evolutionary psychology, and linguistic theories of cultural evolution.

Milan Circovic, astrophysicist and scholar in cosmology, astrobiology, philosophy of science and futures studies.

Jean Chaline, paleontologist and biologist applying scale relativity theory to biological and human evolution.

  • Nottale, L., Chaline, J., Grou, P. (2000) On the fractal structure of evolutionary trees. In: Fractals in Biology and Medicine, Vol. III, G. Losa, et. al. (Eds.), Birkhäuser Verlag, pp. 247-258.
  • Robillard, P.-Y., Chaline, J., Chaouat, G. & Hulsey, T.C. (2003) Preeclampsia/Eclampsia and the Evolution of the Human Brain. Current Anthropology 44(1):130-134.
  • Robillard, P.-Y., Dekker, G., Chaouat, G., Chaline, J., & Hulsey, T.C. (2008) Possible role of Eclampsia/Preeclampsia in Evolution of Human Reproduction. In: Evolutionary Medicine and Health: New Perspectives, W.R. Travathan et. al. (Eds.), Oxford U. Press, pp. 216-225.

James A. Coffman, embryologist and theoretical biologist studying developmental ascendancy.

Joël de Rosnay, systems theorist, futurist, prolific author, and scholar in symbiosis and computer science.

Steven J. Dick, historian of science, prolific author, expert on astrobiology, astrosociology, and SETI.

Taner Edis, physicist, philosopher, scholar of complex systems and the naturalistic world view.

  • Edis, T. (2002) The Ghost in the Universe (Amazon), Prometheus Books. ISBN 1573929778
  • Edis, T. (1998) How Godel's Theorem Supports the Possibility of Machine Intelligence. Minds and Machines 8:251.

Börje Ekstig, physicist, scholar of biological, social and technol. evolution, proposer of condensation of development.

George F. R. Ellis, one of the world's leading theorists in cosmology. See the wikipedia article.

James N. Gardner, complexity theorist, scholar in philosophy, and proposer of the selfish biocosm hypothesis.

Tom Gehrels, distinguished astronomer, cosmologist and scholar in universal evolution and multiverse models.

Carlos Gershenson, complexity theorist researching self-organization, evolution, ALife, and cognition.

Richard Gordon, embryologist and theoretical biologist exploring development, genetics, and evolution.

Hari M. Gupta, theoretical physicist and scholar in power law distributions and evolution.

William F. Harms, philosopher and scholar in cultural evolution, information, and moral ecologies.

Francis Heylighen, systems theorist and cyberneticist focusing on the evolution of complexity.

  • To be listed.

David Holcman, mathematician and computational biologist modeling microstructures in biological systems.

  • Holcman, D., Kasatkin, V. & Prochiantz, A. (2007) Modeling homeoprotein intercellular transfer unveils a parsimonious mechanism for gradient and boundary formation in early brain development. Journal of Theoretical Biology 249:503-517.

Gerard Jagers op Akkerhuis, entomologist, ecotoxicologist, scholar in evolution and hierarchy theory.

John A. Leslie, philosopher of science and cosmology, distinguished scholar in anthropic reasoning.

Jean-Pierre Luminet, astrophysicist presently specializing in black holes and cosmology.

  • Luminet, J. P. 2007. The Wraparound Universe. AK Peters.
  • Luminet, Jean-Pierre, Jeffrey R Weeks, Alain Riazuelo, Roland Lehoucq, and Jean-Philippe Uzan. 2003. Dodecahedral space topology as an explanation for weak wide-angle temperature correlations in the cosmic microwave background. Nature 425, no. 6958 (October 9): 593-5. doi:10.1038/nature01944. Preprint:

G. Rama Murthy, computer engineer and specialist in neural networks and intelligent systems.

Laurent Nottale, cosmologist and pioneering theorist in scale relativity and fractal space-time.

Alain Prochiantz, neurobiologist and specialist of cerebral morphogenesis and stochastic developmental processes.

  • Prochiantz, A. (2000) (On the Development of) Machine-Esprit, Odile Jacob, 213 p.
  • Kasatkin, V., Prochiantz, A. & Holcman, D. (2008) Morphogenetic gradients and the stability of boundaries between neighbouring morphogenetic regions. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 70:156-178.

Stanley N. Salthe, theoretical biologist, scholar in developmentalism, thermodynamics, ecology and natural philosophy.

John M. Smart, systems theorist studying accelerating change and evolutionary development.

John Stewart, evolutionary thinker, author and evolutionary activist.

Pushkar G. Vaidya, astrobiologist, author, and proposer of the cosmic contact censorship hypothesis.

Clement Vidal, philosopher and systems theorist studying evolutionary cosmology.

Peter Winiwarter, transdisciplinary researcher in complex systems, neural networks and evolution.

Have you done scholarly research related to either EDU Themes or Questions? Please email Clement Vidal about joining our community.

Other Scholars and Publications of Interest to the Community (Living Scholars)

Up to five references per scholar, with links to author publication lists where available.

Pierre Baldi, computer scientist, biologist, scholar in bioinformatics and machine learning.

Daniel R. Brooks, theoretical biologist, ecologist, scholar in evolution, self-organization, and information theory.

Eric J. Chaisson, educator and astrophysicist, scholar in the origin, evolution, and unification of universal complexity.

David Christian, historian, scholar in world and human history, pioneer of big history (cosmic origins to modern society).

Louis Crane, mathematician, scholar in geometric topology, quantum field theory and proposer of the meduso-anthropic principle.

Gerald Edelman, eminent biologist, scholar in immune systems and neural development.

Gary Greenberg, comparative and developmental psychologist, seeking unified theories for macrodevelopment of animal behavior.

Anders Johansen, physicist and scholar in scale invariance and cooperative phenomena in complex systems.

Robert J. Lifton, psychiatrist, pioneer in psychohistory, developer of the theory of symbolic immortality.

Akop P. Nazaretyan, psychologist, culturologist, scholar of big (universal) history.

Stuart A. Newman, chemical physicist, cell biologist, scholar of dynamical patterning modules (DPMs) and self-organization of development.

Alexander D. Panov, physicist, scholar of big (universal) history, and accelerating change in universal history.

  • Panov, A.D. (2004). The crisis of Universal history’s planetary cycle, Mercury of Russian Academy of Sciences 74(6):537-550. (In Russian).

Massimo Pigliucci, geneticist, ecologist, philosopher, researcher in epigenetics and extended evolutionary synthesis.

Robert G.B. Reid, theoretical biologist, defines evolution as destabilizing innovation/variation and stabilizing natural selection.

Eric D. Schneider, biologist, systems scientist and scholar in thermodynamics in complex systems.

Quentin Smith, naturalistic philosopher of cosmology, physics, time, and language.

Lee Smolin, eminent theoretical physicist, loop quantum gravity scholar, proposer of the theory of cosmological natural selection.

Graeme D. Snooks, economist, social scientist, and scholar of evolutionary dynamics and big history.

Fred Spier, anthropologist, scholar of big history (cosmic origins to modern society).

Olaf Sporns, computational biologist, scholar in models of neural circuitry, graph theory, embodied robotics (animats).

Victor J. Stenger, prolific author, naturalistic philosopher, emeritus physicist, cosmologist, and astronomer.

Valentin F. Turchin, computer scientist, cybernetician, evolution scholar, proposer of meta-system transitions theory.

J. Scott Turner, physiologist, scholar in the extended phenotype (organism and environment) and the natural emergence of design.

Geoffrey B. West, physicist and scholar in scaling and growth laws in living, social, and technological systems.

  • West, G.B. Brown, J.H. and Enquist, B.J. (2000) The origin of universal scaling laws in biology. In: Scaling in Biology, J.H. Brown and G.B. West (Eds.), Oxford U. Press. ISBN 0195131428
  • West, G.B., Brown, J.H. and Enquist, B.J. (2001) A General Model for Ontogenetic Growth. Nature 413:628-631.
  • Brown, J.H., Gupta, V.K., Li, B-L, Milne, B.T., Restrepo, C. and West, G.B. (2002) The fractal nature of nature: power laws, ecological complexity, and biodiversity. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. May 29; 357(1421):619–626. doi:10.1098/rstb.2001.0993
  • West, G.B. and Brown, J.H. (2005) The Origin of Allometric Scaling Laws in Biology from Genomes to Ecosystems: Towards a Quantitative Unifying Theory of Biological Structure and Organization. Journal of Experimental Biology 208(9)1575-92.

Wojciech H. Zurek, distinguished physicist, quantum and classical information theorist, proposer of the theory of quantum Darwinism.

Other Scholars and Publications of Interest to the Community (Deceased Scholars)

Arthur Willey, biologist and early scholar of evolutionary convergence (homoplasy).

François Meyer, biologist and pioneering scholar of log-periodic acceleration in life and cultural evolution.

  • Meyer, F. (1947) L'acceleration evolutive. Essai sur le rythme evolutif et son interpretation quantique, Librairie des Sciences et des Arts, Paris, 67p.
  • Meyer, F. (1954) Problématique de l'évolution, Presses Universitaires de France, 279p.

Online Bibliographies and Databases

Natural Genesis, A sourcebook for the worldwide discovery of a creative organic universe Arthur Fabel provides 2,000 annotated and anthologized references with a great overlap with EDU Themes.

Selection Theory Bibliography, Gary A. Cziko and Donald T. Campbell. 1,100 references (1997 and earlier) to meta-Darwinian (beyond genetic) selectionist models, primarily in cognitive science.

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