Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MyopicBookworm - LibraryThing
I have to say that I found this book less interesting than I had hoped. Coming to it with a biologist's interest in the emergence of complexity from simple systems, I found its detailed discussion of ... Read full review
Review: Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and SoftwareUser Review - Michael Spiegel - 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