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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Bruce Weber
Professor of Biochemistry Emeritus, CSUF &
Robert H. Woodworth Chair in Science and Natural Philosophy Emeritus,
Bennington College

Professor Emeritus Bruce Weber


Postdoctoral, University of California, Los Angeles, CA (laboratory of Prof. Paul Boyer)
Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
B.Sc. San Diego State University, San Diego, CA


Dr. Weber's research interests are in macromolecular evolution with special emphasis on the application of nonequilibrium thermodynamics to the problems of the emergence of life, and the history of biochemistry, especially the conceptual development of bioenergetics.

Selected Publications

D.J. Depew and B.H. Weber, Darwinism Evolving: Systems Dynamics and the Genealogy of Natural Selection, MIT Press, (1995).

D.J. Depew and B.H. Weber, "Evolution, Ethics, and the Complexity Revolution," in Evolutionary Journeys, R. Wesson and P.Williams (eds.), Rodopi, pp. 49-77 [1995].

B.H. Weber and D.J. Depew, "Natural Selcion and Self-Organization: Dynamical Models as Clues to Possible New Evolutionary Synthesis," Biology and Philosophy 13, 133-144 (1998).

B.H. Weber, "Origins of Order in Dynamical Models," Biology and Philosophy 13, 133-144 (1998). >B.H. Weber, "Early Adventures in Biochemistry," The Biochemist 18(2), 15 [1996]

B.H. Weber and D.J. Depew, "Does the Second Law of Thermodynamics Refute the Neo-Darwinian Synthesis?" in Sociobiology and Bioeconomics: The Theory of Evolution in Biological and Economic Theory, P. Koslowski (ed.), Springer-Verlag, pp. 50-75 (1999).

B.H. Weber, "Emergence of Life and Biological Selection from the Perspective of Complex Systems Dynamics," in Evolutionary Systems, G. van de Vijver, S.S. Salthe and M Delpos (eds), Kluwerpp. 59-66 (1998).

S.A. Hewitt, B.H. Weber, J. Olmsted III, and A. Flores, "Ethics in Undergraduate Research: Getting Students Involved," Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly 18, 117-119 (1998).

D.J. Depew and B.H. Weber, "Self-Organization," MIT Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, MIT Press, pp. 737-739 (1999). D.J. Depew and B.H. Weber, "What Does Natural Selection Have to Be Like In Order to work with Self-Organization?" Cybernetics and Human Knowing 5, 18-31 (1998).

B.H. Weber, "Irreducible Complexity and the Problem of Biochemical Emergence," Biology and Philosphy 14, 593-605.

B.H. Weber and D.J. Depew, "The Modern Evolutionary Synthesis and Complex Systems Dynamics: Prospects for a New Synthesis," in Semiosis.Energy.Evolution, E.Taborsky (ed), Shaker Verlag, pp. 263-281 (2000)

B.H. Weber, "Closure > in the Emergence and Evolution of Life," New York Academy of Sciences 901, 132-138 (2000)

B.H. Weber and T.C. Deacon, "Thermodynamic Cycles, Developmental Systems, and Emergence," Cybernetics and Human Knowing 7, 21-43 (2000).

Prebble, J. and B.H. Weber (2003), Wandering in the Gardens of the Mind: Peter Mitchell and the Making of Glynn, New York: Oxford University Press.

Weber, B.H. (2003), “ Emergence of Mind and the Baldwin Effect,” in Evolution and Learning: The Baldwin Effect Reconsidered (B.H. Weber and D.J. Depew, eds), Cambridge MA: MIT Press , pp. 309-326.

Weber, B.H. and D.J. Depew (2003), Evolution and Learning: The Baldwin Effect Reconsidered, Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

Weber, B.H. and D.J. Depew (2004), “Darwinism, Design, and Complex Systems Dynamics,” in The Appearance of Design in Nature (W. Dembski, and M. Ruse eds), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 173-190.

Weber, B.H. and J. Prebble (2005), “An Issue of Originality and Priority: The Correspondence and Theories of Oxidative Phosphorylation of Peter Mitchell and Robert J.P. Williams, 1961-1980.” Journal of the History of Biology (accepted, in press).

Weber, B.H., “Life”, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2003 edition),

B.H. Weber, "Fact, phenomenon, and theory in the Darwinian research tradition", Biological Theory 2(2), 168-178 (2007).

B.H. Weber, "On the emergence of living systems", Biosemiotics 2, 343-359 (2009).

B.H. Weber, "What is life? Defining life in the context of emergent complexity", Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres 40, 221-229 (2010).

B.H. Weber, "Lawrence Henderson's natural teleology", in Water and Life: The Unique Properties of H2O, R.M. Lynden-Bell, S. Conway Morris, J.D. Barrow, J.L. Finney, and C.L. Harper,Jr. (eds), Boca Raton: CRC Press (2010), pp. 327-343.

B.H. Weber, "Design and its discontents", Synthese 178, 271-289 (2011).