At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexityby Stuart Kauffman
This exciting exploration into the nature of life brilliantly weaves together the excitement of intellectual discovery and a fertile mix of insights to give the general reader a fascinating look at the new science of complexity--and at the forces for order that lie at the edge of chaos. "An important new argument."--Carl Sagan, The Washington Post. 59 illustrations.
"Stuart Kauffman lucidly argues that, in addition to Darwinian selection, another force, the emergence of self-organized order from apparent chaos determines the beautiful systems that make up the world and cosmos. He contends that emergent order is a feature of many complex systems and general laws that may be defined from their study. It is an exciting and well-written volume."Barry Blumberg, Fox Chase Cancer Research Center and Nobel Laureate
"Every once in a while, you read a book so powerful and with such a radical view that you realize your world is changed forever....Kauffman is a pioneer of the new science of complexity, which sees in the world of nature an inner force of its own, not mystical but scientific. This insight touches something deep in each of us, as we yearn to understand the order we see in nature. Kauffman shares his discovery with us, with lucidity, wit, and cogent argument, and we see his vision. Many will embrace it, as I did, and will gaze on the world anew."Roger Lewin
"Stuart Kauffman gives us a rich and compelling picture of the new principle of self-organization in understanding the emergence of order in complex systems, whether life or society or the economy. The analysis is dramatic without sacrificing scientific accuracy and a careful differentiation between what is known and what is surmised. The hints he has given on the development of the economy and especially of technology will undoubtedly be the basis of a major intellectual development."Kenneth J. Arrow, Nobel Laureate and Professor Emeritus, Stanford University
"Stu Kauffman is an immensely inventive and erudite explorer of the world of ideas and concepts. As with many explorers, not everyone will wish to accompany him but the description of the trip is fascinating."Phil Anderson, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Princeton University
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Stuart Kauffman is a member of the Santa Fe Institute. A MacArthur fellowship recipient, he is the leading thinker on self-organization and the science of complexity as applied to biology.
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Categorically, one of the most eye-opening books I have ever read. I have read several other books on complexity theory and the like, but Kaufman's descriptions of such things as fitness landscapes are real marvels.
one of the most important subjects of our time once you get past the thick, repeating feedback loops of language. Although...this is a book on complexity.