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Walter M. Elsasser (1975). The Chief Abstractions of Biology.

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    No Quantification Without Qualification, and Vice Versa.Isabella Sarto-Jackson & Richard R. Nelson - 2015 - Biological Theory 10 (3):212-227.
    Complexity in our universe, Herbert Simon once noted, generally takes a hierarchical, nearly decomposable form. If our purpose as biologists is to "carve Nature at the joints," then the quantitative biologist's pattern questions must embody some tentative claim of where the explanatory joints are—only after meaningful qualifications can notions of variance and covariance make sense. In morphometrics, specimens and variables alike can be "carved at the joints," with a correspondingly great gain in explanatory power in both versions. Simon's advice is (...)
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    Complexity, the Core of Elsasser's Theory of Organisms.Harry Rubin - 2001 - Complexity 7 (1):17-20.
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    A Theory of Biochemical Organization, Metabolic Pathways, and Evolution.Harold J. Morowitz - 1999 - Complexity 4 (6):39-53.
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