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Complexity : a guided tour

Complexity : a guided tour

Author: Melanie Mitchell
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
What enables individually simple insects like ants to act with such precision and purpose as a group? How do trillions of individual neurons produce something as extraordinarily complex as consciousness? What is it that guides self-organizing structures like the immune system, the World Wide Web, the global economy, and the human genome? These are just a few of the fascinating and elusive questions that the science  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Local author
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Melanie Mitchell
ISBN: 9780195124415 0195124413 9780199798100 0199798109
OCLC Number: 216938473
Description: xvi, 349 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Background and history. What is complexity? ; dynamics, chaos, and prediction ; Information ; Computation ; Evolution ; Genetics, simplified ; Defining and measuring complexity --
Life and evolution in computers. Self-reproducing computer programs ; Genetic algorithms --
Computation writ large. Cellular automata, life, and the universe ; Computing with particles ; Information processing in living systems ; How to make analogies (if you are a computer) ; Prospects of computer modeling --
Network thinking. The science of networks ; Applying network science to real-world networks ; The mystery of scaling ; Evolution, complexified --
Conclusion. The past and future of the sciences of complexity.
Responsibility: Melanie Mitchell.
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This book provides an intimate, highly readable tour of the sciences of complexity, which seek to explain how large-scale complex, organized, and adaptive behavior can emerge from simple interactions  Read more...


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She captures the excitement of research. * Ian D. Couzin, Science *

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A very good tour

by dalebrearcliffe (WorldCat user published 2014-03-16) Very Good Permalink

The book is an overview of the field of complexity science. As such it touches on a great number of subjects. While it might appear to suffer from a lack of focus, complexity science is a interdisciplinary subject and, as such, must draw together many seemingly disparate parts. The result is a literary...
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