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Addressing Complexity

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Science  18 Jul 2008:
Vol. 321, Issue 5887, pp. 344
DOI: 10.1126/science.1156895

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Re-Engineering Philosophy for Limited Beings. Piecewise Approximations to Reality. By William C. Wimsatt. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2007. 468 pp. $49.95, £32.95, €37.50. ISBN 9780674015456.

Although the title may offer little clue, these essays on the philosophy of science are particularly relevant to considerations of how to think about something as messy and multi-leveled as biology.