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The Scientific Way of Warfare: Order and Chaos on the Battlefields of Modernity

The Scientific Way of Warfare: Order and Chaos on the Battlefields of Modernity

by Antoine J. Bosquet


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231700795
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 07/12/2010
Series: Columbia/Hurst Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Antoine Bousquet is Lecturer in International Relations, Birkbeck College, University of London.

Table of Contents


C. 1 Technoscientific Regimes of Order in Warfare

C. 2 Mechanistic Warfare and the Clockwork Universe

C. 3 Thermodynamic Warfare and the Science of Energy

C. 4 Cybernetics and the Genesis of the Computer

C. 5 Cybernetic Warfare: Computers at War

C. 6 A New Informational Regime

C. 7 Towards Chaoplexic Warfare?




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Christopher Coker

Antoine J. Bousquet offers us an intellectual feast to which we are all invited, an intellectual frontier we are free to explore. The range of this work is truly impressive, yet it never obscures the unifying theme: the quest through the centuries for order on the battlefield. In Iraq and in Afghanistan, the West has found such order more elusive than ever, yet the quest has never been more urgent.

Michael Innes

Antoine J. Bousquet does for the history of science as military metaphor what Marc Buchanan did for complexity science and networks in Nexus: The Groundbreaking Science of Networks. Bousquet translates a series of profound scientific developments into an accessible and engaging narrative of technology as artifact and metaphor. He writes with great eloquence and texture, while simultaneously treating complex theoretical issues with the light touch that will ensure a large audience.

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