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?
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 world where nice guys often finish last, why do humans value trust and cooperation? At first glance these questions don't appear to have anything in common, but in fact every one of these statements refers to a complex system.
Why did the stock market crash more than 500 points on a single Monday.
While the nexus for these events is the formation of the Santa Fe Institute, Waldrop adopts a formula of describing each of the major players in terms of their personal intellectual journeys from early thinking about such concepts as adaptation and emergence to their recognition as top thinkers of our time in the area of complexity.
Complexity: The Emerging. has been added to your Cart. After just 358 pages, your imagination and knowledge of science leaps from Newton's linear models to the twentyfirst century stuff. One person found this helpful.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -363) and index. In a rented convent in Santa Fe, a revolution has been brewing. The activists are not anarchists, but rather Nobel Laureates in physics and economics such as Murray Gell-Mann and Kenneth Arrow, and pony-tailed graduate students, mathematicians, and computer scientists down from Los Alamos. They've formed an iconoclastic think tank called the Santa Fe Institute, and their radical idea is to create a new science called complexity.
If you liked Chaos, you’ll love Complexity. This book is their story-the story of how they have tried to forge what they like to call the science of the twenty-first century. Waldrop creates the most exciting intellectual adventure story of the year (The Washington Post). Lucidly shows physicists, biologists, computer scientists and economists swapping metaphors and reveling in the sense that epochal discoveries are just around the corner. has a special talent for relaying the exhilaration of moments of intellectual insight.
Mitchell Waldrop has his doctorate in elementary particle physics and is the author of Man-Made Minds. He spent ten years as a senior writer for Science magazine, where he is now a contributing correspondent. Bibliographic information. illustrated, reprint.
Drawing from diverse fields, scientific luminaries such as Nobel Laureates Murray Gell-Mann and Kenneth Arrow are studying complexity at a think tank called The Santa Fe Institute.
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