Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 10, 2002 - Computers - 288 pages
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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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User 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

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User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

I gave this book to my lab members shortly after it came out. A fascinating synthesis of ideas and examples that lead to a very powerful conclusion: highly complex phenomena can emerge from simple ... Read full review

Contents

Here Comes Everybody
11
P A R T O N
29
PA R T T W
73
P A R T T N R E
195
Notes
235
Bibliography
265
Acknowledgments
275
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Steven Johnson cofounded Feed, the Internet's acclaimed voice on technology, science, and culture. He is the author of Interface Culture and holds a B.A. in semiotics from Brown University and an M.A. in English from Columbia. He lives in New York City.

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