Analysing hierarchy in the organization of biological and physical systems

G.A.J.M. Jagers op Akkerhuis

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Abstract

A structured approach is discussed for analysing hierarchy in the organization of biological and physical systems. The need for a structured approach follows from the observation that many hierarchies in the literature apply conflicting hierarchy rules and include ill-defined systems. As an alternative, we suggest a framework that is based on the following analytical steps: determination of the succession stage of the universe, identification of a specific system as part of the universe, specification of external influences on a system¿s creation and analysis of a system¿s internal organization. At the end, the paper discusses practical implications of the proposed method for the analysis of system organization and hierarchy in biology, ecology and physics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
JournalBiological Reviews
Volume83
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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