Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity

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Basic Books, 1995 - Science - 185 pages
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The father of the field of genetic algorithms, and one of the pioneers of the new science of complexity, Holland has been at the center of the emerging field of complex adaptive systems (cas) since its inception. This landmark book offers for the first time a coherent synthesis of this nascent discipline, a summing up which carries on every page the weight of Holland's authority and distinctive point of view. This book emphasizes the search for general principles that govern cas behavior, enlarging on the intuitions of a broad spectrum of scientists, and it includes a computer model that applies to the full range of cas. Holland concludes with a description of what we might do to enhance our theoretical understanding of cas. He suggests ways in which theory can provide useful guidelines for attacking the perplexing cas problems that stretch our resources and place our world in jeopardy.

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User Review  - Bart - Goodreads

Though this book's heart is in the right place, it is better titled: The Echo Runbook. Its diagrams appear to come from a nearby whiteboard, not its text. Unless you're an aspiring geneticist, do not attempt this book before reading Complexity. Read full review

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User Review  - Garrett Mccutcheon - Goodreads

An interesting primer on the subject of designing and building a model for complex adaptive systems. Holland walks through his work in a way that is accessible to the lay reader, and builds from ... Read full review


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Seven Basics
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Echoing Emergence
Simulating Echo
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John H. Holland is Professor of Psychology and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan; he is also Trustee and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He is the author of "Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity" and other books.

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