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    DescriptionWhat enables individually simple insects like ants to act with such precision and purpose as a group? How do trillions of neurons produce something as extraordinarily complex as consciousness? In this remarkably clear and companionable book, leading complex systems scientist Melanie Mitchell provides an intimate 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. Based on her work at the Santa Fe Institute and drawing on its interdisciplinary strategies, Mitchell brings clarity to the workings of complexity across a broad range of biological, technological, and social phenomena, seeking out the general principles or laws that apply to all of them. Richly illustrated, Complexity: A Guided Tour-winner of the 2010 Phi Beta Kappa Book Award in Science-offers a wide-ranging overview of the ideas underlying complex systems science, the current research at the forefront of this field, and the prospects for its contribution to solving some of the most important scientific questions of our time.


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    Title
    Complexity
    Subtitle
    A Guided Tour
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Melanie Mitchell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 497 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199798100
    ISBN 10: 0199798109
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: 501
    Ingram Theme: APPR/AWARD
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    Abridged Dewey: 500
    LC classification: Q
    B&T Approval Code: A50090000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI064000
    DC23: 501
    Thema V1.0: PDZ
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    24 November 2011
    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.
    Table of contents
    Preface Acknowledgments Part I: Background and History Chapter 1: What is Complexity? Chapter 2: Dynamics, Chaos, and Prediction Chapter 3: Information Chapter 4: Computation Chapter 5: Evolution Chapter 6: Genetics, Simplified Chapter 7: Defining and Measuring Complexity Part II: Life and Evolution in Computers Chapter 8: Self-Reproducing Programs Chapter 9: Genetic Algorithms Part III: Computation Writ Large Chapter 10: Cellular Automata, Life, and the Universe Chapter 11: Computing with Particles Chapter 12: Information Processing in Living Systems Chapter 13: How to Make Analogies (If You Are A Computer) Chapter 14: Prospects of Computer Modeling Part IV: Network Thinking Chapter 15: The Science of Networks Chapter 16: Applying Network Science to Real-World Networks Chapter 17: The Mystery of Scaling Chapter 18: Evolution, Complexified Part V: Conclusion Chapter 19: The Past and Future of the Sciences of Complexity Notes Bibliography Index