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Understanding Science

John Maynard Smith

3 June 1982
The Laws of the Game: How the principles of nature govern science 
by Manfred Eigen and Ruthild Winkler, translated by Robert Kimber and Rita Kimber.
Allen Lane, 347 pp., £14.95, March 1982, 9780713914849
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... understanding it. I suggest, instead, that it is a familiarity with the ways in which systems with different structures and relationships are likely to behave. It is this familiarity that Eigen and Winkler try to convey. I can best explain this by giving an example. One of the things I learnt when I was an aircraft engineer during the war was that if a control system has a time delay in the feedback ...

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