Originally a medical doctor, Kauffman is an emeritus professor of biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, and a seminal member and an external professor of the Santa Fe Institute. Also a MacArthur Fellow and a Trotter Prize winner, Kauffman has published three major books, among them is At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity (1995), which the Oxford University Press says "weaves together the excitement of intellectual discovery and a fertile mix of insights to give the general reader a fascinating look at this new science - and at the forces for order that lie at the edge of chaos."
Dr. Kauffman moved to Calgary, Alberta in 2004 after being appointed director of the IBI and professor to the departments of Biological Sciences and Physics and Astronomy in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Science. Shortly after, in May 2005, he was named an iCore Chair in Biocomplexity and Informatics (iCore, or Informatics Circle of Research Excellence, is a program established by the Government of Alberta to foster world-class, university-based research).
Current Documents of Interest
10-23-2009: VIDEO: "," Burack President's Distinguished Lecture
10-08-2009: VIDEO: "Economic Webs: A New Approach to Economic Growth Theory," talk to the Canadian International Development Agency
01-26-2009: Stuart Kauffman's new book short-listed for inaugural Warwick Prize
12-10-2008: Can Science Help Solve The Economic Crisis?
11-18-2008: Lecture at Duke University - The Open Universe
09-24-2008: The Open Universe: Steps Toward a Research Program
08-08-2008: The Houston Chronicle
July-August, 2008: Science and Spirit Magazine
05-30-2008: VIDEO: Talk for a conference in Doha, Qatar
05-23-2008: Kepler's Book Blog
05-09-2008: The Evolving Web of Future Wealth
03-19-2008: The Paula Gordon Show: "Creating a Science of the Unknowable"
03-01-2008: Gene expression dynamics in the
macrophage exhibit criticality
2008: Edge Foundation: Breaking the Galilean Spell
11-27-2006: Comments on presentation at World Science Forum
11-13-2006: Edge Foundation: Beyond Reductionism: Reinventing the Sacred
PhD dissertation of former student Thom LaBean (now at Duke University)
Beyond Reductionism: Reinventing the Sacred
Dr. Kauffman's new manuscript has recently been accepted for publication by Edge Inc.
I would like to begin a discussion about the first glimmerings of a new scientific world view — beyond reductionism to emergence and radical creativity in the biosphere and human world. This emerging view finds a natural scientific place for value and ethics, and places us as co-creators of the enormous web of emerging complexity that is the evolving biosphere and human economics and culture. In this scientific world view, we can ask: Is it more astonishing that a God created all that exists in six days, or that the natural processes of the creative universe have yielded galaxies, chemistry, life, agency, meaning, value, consciousness, culture without a Creator. In my mind and heart, the overwhelming answer is that the truth as best we know it, that all arose with no Creator agent, all on its wondrous own, is so awesome and stunning that it is God enough for me and I hope much of humankind.
An extended description of "Beyond Reductionism: Reinventing the Sacred" is available here.
- Development of an inference algorithm, IADGRIN, to infer the structure and logic of noisy Boolean networks – paper in preparation
- Foundational work on the linkages among work, constraint, information, in the propagating organization occurring in cells in the biosphere – paper in preparation
- Initial investigations on the relation between maximizing mutual information in Boolean networks and the dynamical criticality of such networks – multiple papers in preparation
- Developed early plans on extending IADGRIN to chemical master equation (Gillespie) network models of genetic regulatory networks
- Construction and implementation of Gillespie networks and study of bi-stable toggle switches and the three gene "represselator"
- Formulation of a general ensemble approach to use Gillespie nets to model genetic regulatory nets and construction of initial models – paper in press.