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Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos (original 1992; edition 1992)

by Mitchell M. Waldrop

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Title:Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos
Authors:Mitchell M. Waldrop
Info:Simon & Schuster (1992), Paperback, 384 pages
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Tags:science, emergence, history of science

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One of the most stimulating books I have ever read. It answers or suggests answers for many questions often oversimplified by reductive science. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Jun 10, 2014 |
Why did the stock market crash more than 500 points on a single Monday in 1987? Why do ancient species often remain stable in the fossil record for millions of years and then suddenly disappear? In a world where nice guys often finish last, why do humans value trust and cooperation? At first glance these questions don't appear to have anything in common, but in fact every one of these statements refers to a complex system. The science of complexity studies how single elements, such as a species or a stock, spontaneously organize into complicated structures like ecosystems and economies; stars become galaxies, and snowflakes avalanches almost as if these systems were obeying a hidden yearning for order.
Drawing from diverse fields, scientific luminaries such as Nobel Laureates Murray Gell-Mann and Kenneth Arrow are studying complexity at a think tank called The Santa Fe Institute. The revolutionary new discoveries researchers have made there could change the face of every science from biology to cosmology to economics. M. Mitchell Waldrop's groundbreaking bestseller takes readers into the hearts and minds of these scientists to tell the story behind this scientific revolution as it unfolds. ( )
  MarkBeronte | Jul 28, 2013 |
Wonderful book. ( )
  chaosmogony | Apr 27, 2013 |
intresting...
and wondering...
Simplicity sounds better...
but looks like you have to look a bit scientific to this world..if you want to make the most of the nature...
and not try to find the secrets of it...
Hmmm? ( )
  shahabodin | Feb 5, 2009 |
This popular introduction is excellent in content and writing. ( )
  johnclaydon | Feb 12, 2007 |
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This is a book about the science of complexity -- a subject that's still so new and so wide-ranging that nobody knows quite how to define it, or even where its boundaries lie.
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Why did the stock market crash more than 500 points on a single Monday in 1987? Why do ancient species often remain stable in the fossil record for millions of years and then suddenly disappear? In a world where nice guys often finish last, why do humans value trust and cooperation? At first glance these questions don't appear to have anything in common, but in fact every one of these statements refers to a complex system. The science of complexity studies how single elements, such as a species or a stock, spontaneously organize into complicated structures like ecosystems and economies; stars become galaxies, and snowflakes avalanches almost as if these systems were obeying a hidden yearning for order.

Drawing from diverse fields, scientific luminaries such as Nobel Laureates Murray Gell-Mann and Kenneth Arrow are studying complexity at a think tank called The Santa Fe Institute. The revolutionary new discoveries researchers have made there could change the face of every science from biology to cosmology to economics. M. Mitchell Waldrop's groundbreaking bestseller takes readers into the hearts and minds of these scientists to tell the story behind this scientific revolution as it unfolds.

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