Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos

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Penguin Books, 1994 - Chaotic behavior in systems - 380 pages
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In a rarified world of scientific research, a revolution has been brewing. Its activists are not anarchists, but rather Nobel Laureates in physics and economics and pony-tailed graduates, mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world. They have formed an iconoclastic think-tank and their radical idea is to create a new science: complexity. They want to know how a primordial soup of simple molecules managed to turn itself into the first living cell - and what the origin of life some four billion years ago can tell us about the process of technological innovation today. This book is their story - the story of how they have tried to forge what they like to call the science of the 21st century.

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One of the most stimulating books I have ever read. It answers or suggests answers for many questions often oversimplified by reductive science. Read full review

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Why did the stock market crash more than 500 points on a single Monday in 1987? Why do ancient species often remain stable in the fossil record for millions of years and then suddenly disappear? In a ... Read full review

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M. Mitchell Waldrop, formerly a senior writer at "Science" magazine, is the author of "Complexity" & "Man-Made Minds". He lives in Washington, D.C.

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