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Emergence : the connected lives of ants, brains, cities, and software

Author: Steven Johnson
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Emergence is what happens when an interconnected system of relatively simple elements self-organizes to form more intelligent, more adaptive higher-level behavior. It's a bottom-up model rather than being engineered by a general or a master planner, emergence begins at the ground level. Systems that at first glance seem vastly different--ant colonies, human brains, cities, immune systems--all turn out to follow the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Johnson
ISBN: 9780684868769 0684868768 9780684868752 068486875X
OCLC Number: 225105907
Notes: Originally published in hardcover in 2001.
"First Scribner trade paperback edition 2004"--Title page verso.
Description: 288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : here comes everybody! --
1. The myth of the ant queen --
2. Street level --
3. The pattern match --
4. Listening to feedback --
5. Control artist --
6. The mind readers --
7. See what happens.
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In the tradition of "Being Digital" and "The Tipping Point" comes a groundbreaking and engaging book that makes sense of the cutting-edge theory of emergence and demonstrates its relevance in today's  Read more...

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Esther Dysonauthor of "Release 2.0"Emergence will make understanding "emerge" in your own head, as Steven Johnson explains a lot of phenomena you may not even have noticed: Why are kids so Read more...

 
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