Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos / Edition 2

Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos / Edition 2

by Roger Lewin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226476553

ISBN-13: 9780226476551

Pub. Date: 02/28/2000

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


"Put together one of the world's best science writers with one of the universe's most fascinating subjects and you are bound to produce a wonderful book. . . . The subject of complexity is vital and controversial. This book is important and beautifully done."—Stephen Jay Gould

"[Complexity] is that curious mix of complication and organization that we find

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"Put together one of the world's best science writers with one of the universe's most fascinating subjects and you are bound to produce a wonderful book. . . . The subject of complexity is vital and controversial. This book is important and beautifully done."—Stephen Jay Gould

"[Complexity] is that curious mix of complication and organization that we find throughout the natural and human worlds: the workings of a cell, the structure of the brain, the behavior of the stock market, the shifts of political power. . . . It is time science . . . thinks about meaning as well as counting information. . . . This is the core of the complexity manifesto. Read it, think about it . . . but don't ignore it."—Ian Stewart, Nature

This second edition has been brought up to date with an essay entitled "On the Edge in the Business World" and an interview with John Holland, author of Emergence: From Chaos to Order.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226476551
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
234
Sales rank:
560,392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface ix
The View from Chaco Canyon 1
Beyond Order and Magic 23
Edge of Chaos Discovered 44
Explosions and Extinctions 63
Life in a Computer 84
Stability and the Reality of Gaia 106
Complexity and the Reality of Progress 130
The Veil of Consciousness 150
The View of from the Edge 172
Afterword: On the Edge in the World of Business 197
Appendix: John Holland: Mr. Emergence 213
A Selected Bibliography 223
Index 227

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