Complexity: Metaphors, Models, and Reality

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George A. Cowan, David Pines, David Elliott Meltzer
Perseus Books, 1999 - Science - 731 pages
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There has been a remarkable growth in collaborative academic research focused on complexity in recent years. One of the greatest challenges is to discover which features are essential and which shared by all the seemingly disparate systems that are described as complex. This book describes current views on this subject held by various eminent scholars associated with the Santa Fe Institute, including Murray Gell-Mann, Brian Arthur, Stuart Kauffman, John Holland, and Kenneth Arrow.

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George A. Cowan is Founding President Emeritus of the Santa Fe Institute and chaired the program committee for the meeting whose proceedings resulted in the book, Complexity. He is Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and directs research in the physical and biological sciences at the Santa Fe Institute. David Pines is research professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has made pioneering contributions to an understanding of many-body problems in condensed matter and nuclear physics, and to theoretical astrophysics. Editor of Perseus’ Frontiers in Physics series and former editor of American Physical Society’s Reviews of Modern Physics, Dr. Pines is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, a foreign member of the USSR Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Pines has received a number of awards, including the Eugene Feenberg Memorial Medal for Contributions to Many-Body Theory; the P.A.M. Dirac Silver Medal for the Advancement of Theoretical Physics; and the Friemann Prize in Condensed Matter Physics. David Meltzer is a visiting assistant professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. He received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook in 1985.

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