Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software by Steven Johnson 0684868768 9780684868769
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ANEW YORK TIMESNOTABLE BOOKAVOICE LITERARY SUPPLEMENTTOP 25 FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEARANESQUIREMAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR In the tradition ofBeing DigitalandThe Tipping Point,Steven Johnson, acclaimed as a cultural critic with a poets heart(The Village Voice),takes readers on an eye-opening journey through emergence theory and its applications. Explaining why the whole is sometimes smarter than the sum of its parts, Johnson presents surprising examples of feedback, self-organization, and adaptive learning. How does a lively neighborhood evolve out of a disconnected group of shopkeepers, bartenders, and real estate developers? How does a media event take on a life of its own? How will new software programs create an intelligent World Wide Web?In the coming years, the power of self-organization -- coupled with the connective technology of the Internet -- will usher in a revolution every bit as significant as the introduction of electricity. Provocative and engaging,Emergenceputs you on the front lines of this exciting upheaval in science and thought.

Author: Steven Johnson

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 288

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: 2002-09-10

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