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COMPLEXITY: THE EMERGING SCIENCE AT THE EDGE OF ORDER AND CHAOS
COMPLEXITY: THE EMERGING SCIENCE AT THE EDGE OF ORDER AND CHAOS M. Mitchell Waldrop 0671872346 9780671872342 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 reco
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COMPLEXITY: THE EMERGING SCIENCE AT THE EDGE OF ORDER AND CHAOS by M. Mitchell Waldrop

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 dont appear to have anything in common, but in fact every one of these statements refers to a complex system. The science of complexity studies how single elements, such as a species or a stock, spontaneously organize into complicated structures like ecosystems and economies; stars become galaxies, and snowflakes avalanches almost as if these systems were obeying a hidden yearning for order.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. The revolutionary new discoveries researchers have made there could change the face of every science from biology to cosmology to economics. M. Mitchell Waldrops groundbreaking bestseller takes readers into the hearts and minds of these scientists to tell the story behind this scientific revolution as it unfolds.

Author: M. Mitchell Waldrop

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 384

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 1992-01-15

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