Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos / Edition 2

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Overview

Introduces the pioneers of complexity theory—from Heinz Pagels to Brian Arthur—examines the theory's components, and explains its value in the effort to achieve a unification of the life sciences. By the author of Bones of Contention.

Complexity theory holds that at the root of all complex systems lie a few simple rules that will yield a grand unification of the life sciences. Lewin personalizes a dramatic story of scientific discovery that includes explorations by such diverse scientists as Stephen Jay Gould, Edward O. Wilson, and James Lovelock. Photos. Index.

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Ian Stewart
[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....[I]t is time science....think 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.
Nature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226476551
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 996,269
  • 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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