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

Author: Steven Johnson
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2002, ©2001.
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Publisher's description: 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 -  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Johnson
ISBN: 0140287752 9780140287752
OCLC Number: 48835529
Notes: Originally published: London : Allen Lane, 2001.
Description: 288 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction. Here comes everybody! --
PART 1. 1. The myth of the ant queen --
PART 2. 2. Street level --
3. The pattern match --
4. Listening to feedback --
5. Control artist --
PART 3. 6. The mind readers --
7. See what happens.
Responsibility: Steven Johnson.

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