Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 11, 2012 - Science - 288 pages
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In the tradition of Being Digital and The Tipping Point, Steven Johnson, acclaimed as a "cultural critic with a poet's heart" (The Village Voice), takes readers on an eye-opening journey through emergence theory and its applications.

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Explaining why the whole is sometimes smarter than the sum of its parts, Johnson presents surprising examples of feedback, self-organization, and adaptive learning. How does a lively neighborhood evolve out of a disconnected group of shopkeepers, bartenders, and real estate developers? How does a media event take on a life of its own? How will new software programs create an intelligent World Wide Web?

In the coming years, the power of self-organization -- coupled with the connective technology of the Internet -- will usher in a revolution every bit as significant as the introduction of electricity. Provocative and engaging, Emergence puts you on the front lines of this exciting upheaval in science and thought.
  

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Review: Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

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Some interesting ideas are covered in this book but the editor was simply asleep at the while. A new topic will be introduced on some page n, such as the media coverage of Bill Clinton's first ... Read full review

Review: Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

User Review  - Goodreads

Some interesting ideas are covered in this book but the editor was simply asleep at the while. A new topic will be introduced on some page n, such as the media coverage of Bill Clinton's first ... Read full review

Contents

Here Comes Everybody
11
P A R T O N
29
PA R T T W
73
P A R T T N R E
195
Notes
235
Bibliography
265
Acknowledgments
275
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About the author (2012)

Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of Interface Culture, Emergence, and Everything Bad Is Good for You as well as a columnist for Discover and a contributing editor at Wired. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons, and can be reached via the Web at www.stevenberlinjohnson.com.

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