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

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Overview

Traditional science focuses on understanding the individual pieces of a problem. How does a cell work? How does a neuron work? How does an individual investor behave? Tremendous strides have been made in answering these questions.The next logical step was to take knowledge about the individual components, and use that knowledge to understand the behavior of groups of components. That didn't work, but complexity theory may hold the answers. Many scientists believe that complexity theory may answer many of life's most puzzling mysteries. Complexity theory includes areas such as chaos theory, genetic programming, and fractals. William Roetzheim discusses complexity theory in an understandable manner that will appeal to all audiences. This book takes the approach of explaining concepts through the use of examples and demonstrations rather than mathematics and theory.
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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

Mr. Roetzheim founded and sold two successful software companies, has lectured and instructed at multiple technology conferences and two California universities, and has written 17 published books, over 100 articles, and three columns. His awards include winner or finalist in the Bill Fisher Award for Best New Fiction, Foreword Magazine Audio Book of the Year, and many others.

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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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