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Advanced video lecture that looks the unity of life from a mathematical perspective. In organisms from the tiniest to the largest, lifespans and growth rates, for example, increase with exponents which are typically simple powers of 1/4. Geoffrey West, president of the Sante Fe Institute, shows how these scaling laws can explain essential features of many diverse biological systems. Incredibly complex systems scale in a predictable manner. He then extends these ideas to discuss urban systems: to what extent are cities an extension of biology? Grades 10-12. 57:24 min.