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

Author: Steven Johnson
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2001.
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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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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Johnson
ISBN: 068486875X 9780684868752 0684868768 9780684868769
OCLC Number: 46858386
Description: 288 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Here Comes Everybody! 11 --
1 The Myth of the Ant Queen 29 --
2 Street Level 73 --
3 The Pattern Match 101 --
4 Listening to Feedback 130 --
5 Control Artist 163 --
6 The Mind Readers 195 --
7 See What Happens 227.
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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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