Complexity: A Guided Tour

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OUP USA, Nov 24, 2011 - Science - 368 pages
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What enables individually simple insects like ants to act with such precision and purpose as a group? How do trillions of neurons produce something as extraordinarily complex as consciousness? In this remarkably clear and companionable book, leading complex systems scientist Melanie Mitchell provides an intimate tour of the sciences of complexity, a broad set of efforts that seek to explain how large-scale complex, organized, and adaptive behavior can emerge from simple interactions among myriad individuals. Based on her work at the Santa Fe Institute and drawing on its interdisciplinary strategies, Mitchell brings clarity to the workings of complexity across a broad range of biological, technological, and social phenomena, seeking out the general principles or laws that apply to all of them. Richly illustrated, Complexity: A Guided Tour—winner of the 2010 Phi Beta Kappa Book Award in Science—offers a wide-ranging overview of the ideas underlying complex systems science, the current research at the forefront of this field, and the prospects for its contribution to solving some of the most important scientific questions of our time.

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User Review  - vpfluke - LibraryThing

A good survey book on complex systems. A sort of a cross between a popular presentation and an academic work. It does have numerous notes and a large bibiliography. Read full review

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Complexity a Guided Tour Review of Melanie Mitchell’s book “Complexity: A Guided Tour” This is a thoroughly disappointing book; or an eye opener. Or maybe both. Disappointing because the book does not ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Melanie Mitchell is Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute.

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