Emergence: From Chaos to Order

Emergence: From Chaos to Order

by John H. Holland
     
 

ISBN-10: 0738201421

ISBN-13: 9780738201429

Pub. Date: 04/02/1999

Publisher: Basic Books


In this important book, John H. Holland dramatically shows us that the “emergence” of order from disorder has much to teach us about life, mind and organizations. Creative activities in both the arts and the sciences depend upon an ability to model the world. The most creative of those models exhibits emergent properties, so that “what…  See more details below

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In this important book, John H. Holland dramatically shows us that the “emergence” of order from disorder has much to teach us about life, mind and organizations. Creative activities in both the arts and the sciences depend upon an ability to model the world. The most creative of those models exhibits emergent properties, so that “what comes out is more than what goes in.” From the ingenious checkers-playing computer that started beating its creator in game after game, to the emotive creations of the poet, Emergence shows that Holland’s theory successfully predicts many complex behaviors in art and science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738201429
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/02/1999
Series:
Helix Bks.
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
666,201
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 8.23(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1Before We Proceed1
2Games and Numbers16
3Maps, Game Theory, and Computer-Based Modeling28
4Checkers53
5Neural Nets81
6Toward a General Setting115
7Constrained Generating Procedures125
8Samuel's Checkersplayer and Other Models as Cgp's143
9Variation161
10Levels of Description and Reduction188
11Metaphor and Innovation202
12Closing221
References249
Index252

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