Complexity: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | July 15, 2014

byJohn H. Holland

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The importance of complexity is well-captured by Hawking's comment: "Complexity is the science of the 21st century". From the movement of flocks of birds to the Internet, environmental sustainability, and market regulation, the study and understanding of complex non-linear systems has becomehighly influential over the last 30 years.In this Very Short Introduction, one of the leading figures in the field, John Holland, introduces the key elements and conceptual framework of complexity. From complex physical systems such as fluid flow and the difficulties of predicting weather, to complex adaptive systems such as the highlydiverse and interdependent ecosystems of rainforests, he combines simple, well-known examples - Adam Smith's pin factory, Darwin's comet orchid, and Simon's "watchmaker" - with an account of the approaches, involving agents and urn models, taken by complexity theory. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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The importance of complexity is well-captured by Hawking's comment: "Complexity is the science of the 21st century". From the movement of flocks of birds to the Internet, environmental sustainability, and market regulation, the study and understanding of complex non-linear systems has becomehighly influential over the last 30 years.In...

John H. Holland is a leading figure in the field of complexity science who pioneered genetic algorithms. He is Professor of Psychology and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Michigan, and a member of the Board of Trustees and Science Board of the Santa Fe Institute. He is also the author of Em...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:July 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199662541

ISBN - 13:9780199662548

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Table of Contents

1. Complex systems2. Complex physical systems3. Complex adaptive systems4. Agents, networks, degree, and recirculation5. Specialization and diversity6. Emergence7. Co-evolution and the formation of niches8. Putting it all togetherFurther readingIndex