Why Things Are: How Complexity Theory Answers Life's Toughest Questions

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Overview

Illustrated, 240 pages. This book explores many aspects of the fascinating new field of complexity theory, taking the approach of explaining concepts through the use of examples and demonstrations rather than mathematics and theory. Complexity theory is thought by many to hold the key to understanding such diverse topics as stock market behavior, human memory, and the origin of life. London Book Festival, Best Non-Fiction Book (finalist), New York Book Festival, Best Non-Fiction Book (finalist), USA Book News Best Books National Book Award, Best General Science Book (finalist).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933769264
  • Publisher: Level 4 Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

William Roetzheim is best known as the author of ten technical books on management, technology, and software along with over 150 technical articles. He founded two successful software companies (Marotz, Inc. and Cost Xpert Group, Inc.), winning numerous awards (Inc. 500, Deloitte and Touch Fast 50, Total Excellence in Management Award, Best Place to Work in San Diego, Borland Application of the Year, and many others). He sold both companies and retired from the world of technology to focus on his primary love, poetry. His poems have won numerous awards and recognition, including the Milford Fine Arts Council National Poetry Contest, Writers Challenge, Faulkner Society Poetry Award, Oberon Prize, Pagan Poetry Contest, Saturday Writers One Page Poetry Contest, and the Baltimore Science Fiction Convention Poetry Prize.
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Table of Contents


Table of Contents     V
Introduction to Complexity     1
Stability, Chaos and Complexity     9
Emergent Behavior     43
One-Dimensional Cellular Automatons     61
Multi-Dimensional Cellular Automatons     79
Programming with Genetic Algorithms     93
Concluding Notes     141
Complexity Philosophy as a Computing Paradigm     155
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