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A crude look at the whole : the science of complex systems in business, life, and society

Author: John H Miller
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Imagine trying to understand a stained glass window by breaking it into pieces and examining it one shard at a time. While you could probably learn a lot about each piece, you would have no idea about what the entire picture looks like. This is reductionism--the idea that to understand the world we only need to study its pieces--and it is how most social scientists approach their work. In [this book], social  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John H Miller
ISBN: 9780465055692 0465055699
OCLC Number: 919041818
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xx, 245 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: True places --
From so simple a beginning: interactions --
From flash crashes to economic meltdowns: feedback --
From one to many: heterogeneity --
From Six Sigma to novel cocktails: noise --
From scarecrows to slime molds: molecular intelligence --
From bees to brains: group intelligence --
From lawn care to racial segregation: networks --
From heartbeats to city size: scaling --
From water temples to evolving machines: cooperation --
From stones to sand: self-organized criticality --
From neutrons to life: a complex trinity --
Epilogue: The learn'd astronomer.
Responsibility: John H. Miller.

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"A Crude Look at the Whole is a delightful tour of the core principles of complex systems. You will see the world differently, and more clearly, after reading this erudite and wondrous romp." Read more...

 
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