Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity

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Explains how scientists who study complexity are convinced that certain constant processes are at work in all kinds of unrelated complex systems.

One of the most creative scientists alive today explains to general readers how Complexity--the watershed science agenda for at least the next two decades--is affecting our lives.

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Holland, known for his pioneering efforts in genetic algorithms and the new science of complexity, outlines some principles and demonstrates some procedures and approaches of his recent work in the emerging field of complex adaptive systems, which may someday help model and explain biological, social, environmental, and other systems that change. The text was presented as a lecture series at the Santa Fe Institute in early 1994, and is the first of a series of volumes from the annual lectures. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201442304
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: Helix Bks.
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 805,693
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Basic Elements 1
2 Adaptive Agents 41
3 Echoing Emergence 93
4 Simulating Echo 141
5 Toward Theory 161
Bibliography 173
Index 177
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