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    DescriptionAs science probes the nature of life, society, and technology ever more closely, what it finds there is complexity. The sophisticated group behavior of social insects, the unexpected intricacies of the genome, the dynamics of population growth, and the self-organized structure of the World Wide Web - these are just a few examples of complex systems that still elude scientific understanding. Comprehending such systems seems to require a wholly new approach, one that goes beyond traditional scientific reductionism and that re-maps long-standing disciplinary boundaries. This remarkably accessible and companionable book, written by a leading complex systems scientist, provides an intimate, detailed tour of the sciences of complexity, a broad set of efforts that seek to explain how large-scale complex, organized, and adaptive behavior can emerge from simple interactions among myriad individuals. In this richly illustrated work, Melanie Mitchell describes in equal parts the history of ideas underlying complex systems science, the current research at the forefront of this field, and the prospects for the field's contribution to solving some of the most important scientific questions of our current century.

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    A Guided Tour
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Melanie Mitchell
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 700 g
    ISBN 13: 9780195124415
    ISBN 10: 0195124413

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.9T
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PDA
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    DC22: 501
    Ingram Theme: APPR/AWARD
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16200
    Libri: ENGM4540
    LC subject heading:
    Abridged Dewey: 501
    B&T Approval Code: A50090000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI064000
    LC classification: Q175.32.C65 M58 2009
    Libri: KOMP3000, P0039888, KOMP4200, ZAHL1054
    Thema V1.0: PDA
    Illustrations note
    60 illus.
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    01 June 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Melanie Mitchell is Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute.
    Review quote
    She captures the excitement of research. Ian D. Couzin, Science She writes in an unpretentious style with frequent entertaining and useful anecdotes. Iain D. Couzin. Science