Volume 137, Number 1, January 2022
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties|
|Published online||07 March 2022|
The world beyond physics: How big is it?
Center for Life Nano-Neuro Science at La Sapienza - viale Regina Elena, 00161, Roma, Italy and Physics Department, Harvard University - Oxford Street 17, Cambridge, MA, USA
Received: 14 January 2022
Accepted: 8 February 2022
We discuss the possibility that the complexity of biological systems may lie beyond the predictive capabilities of theoretical physics: in Stuart Kauffman's words, there is a World Beyond Physics (WBP). It is argued that, in view of modern developments of statistical mechanics, the WBP is smaller than one might anticipate from the standpoint of fundamental physical theories.
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