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Professor Mitchell is a gifted scholar and author. In this book, she makes the fascinating concepts in and around Complexity accessible and enjoyable.

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This book left me just as thirsty as when I started! A riveting introductory journey into complexity, a great mind opener for a high school kid. So many seemingly unrelated fields -- genetics, entropy, cellular automata, population dynamics, computation, game theory, networks -- are weaved together into a new scientific perspective. Mitchell adds a few interesting little bits of narrative element in telling the history of the field of complexity, and her own story on how she ventured into the field. 

Review: Complexity: A Guided Tour

User Review  - Gaute - Goodreads

A joy This book manages to strike a great balance between depth and accessibility. It is not as shallow as a more journalistic approach might have been, but it still presents its intricate topic in an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert Dormer - Goodreads

I actually brought this book by accident, thinking it was strictly about computation complexity theory. Instead, it turned out be about the newish science of Complexity Theory. What a happy accident ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bill Graham - Goodreads

Melanie Mitchel's book on complexity science is one of the clearest explanations of the subject that I've read. This is a relatively new field explored by deeply intellectual people who seem incapable ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Aldrich - Goodreads

This is handily one of the best, most interesting, and (to me at least) the most useful popularly written science books I've yet to come across. Most popular science books usually bore me to tears and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Fungus Gnat - Goodreads

In this book, Mitchell undertakes, as she puts it, to “give a guided tour, flavored with my own perspectives, of some of the core ideas of the sciences of complexity—where they come from and where ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lachlan - Goodreads

This book, by an ex-student of the master-communicator Douglas Hofstadter who is now herself a distinguished professor, is a wonderful introduction to the concept of complexity that is playing an ... Read full review

Review: Complexity: A Guided Tour

User Review  - Josiah - Goodreads

Not perfect, but generally awesome book overviewing fairly, clearly, and concisely a number of branches of science under the presumed goal of the title topic. As an "introduction", much of this was ... Read full review


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