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The quark and the jaguar : adventures in the simple and the complex

Author: Murray Gell-Mann
Publisher: New York : W.H. Freeman and Company, [1994] ©1994
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From one of the architects of the new science of simplicity and complexity comes a highly personal, unifying vision of the natural world. As a theoretical physicist, Murray Gell-Mann has explored nature at its most fundamental level. His achievements include the 1969 Nobel Prize for work leading up to his discovery of the quark - the basic building block of all atomic nuclei throughout the universe. But Gell-Mann is
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Murray Gell-Mann; Murray Gell-Mann; Murray Gell-Mann
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Murray Gell-Mann
ISBN: 0716725819 9780716725817 0716727250 9780716727255
OCLC Number: 29794942
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xviii, 392 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: An Encounter in the Jungle --
Early Light --
Information and Crude Complexity --
RANDomness --
A Child Learning a Language --
Bacteria Developing Drug Resistence --
The Scientific Enterprise --
The Power of Theory --
What Is Fundamental? --
Simplicity and Randomness in the Quantum Universe --
A Contemporary View of Quantum Mechanics : Quantum Mechanics and the Classical Approximation --
Quantum Mechanics and Flapdoodle --
Quarks and All That : The Standard Model --
Superstring Theory : Unification at Last? --
Time's Arrows : Forward and Backward Time --
Selection at Work in Biological Evolution and Elsewhere --
From Learning to Creative Thinking --
Superstition and Skepticism --
Adaptive and Maladaptive Schema --
Machines That Learn or Simulate Learning --
Diversities Under Threat --
Transitions to a More Sustainable World --
Afterword.
Responsibility: Murray Gell-Mann.
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From one of the architects of the new science of simplicity and complexity comes a highly personal, unifying vision of the natural world. As a theoretical physicist, Murray Gell-Mann has explored nature at its most fundamental level. His achievements include the 1969 Nobel Prize for work leading up to his discovery of the quark - the basic building block of all atomic nuclei throughout the universe. But Gell-Mann is a man of many intellectual passions, with lifelong interests in fields that seek to understand existence at its most complex: natural history, biological evolution, the history of language, and the study of creative thinking.

These seemingly disparate pursuits come together in Gell-Mann's current work at the Santa Fe Institute, where scientists are investigating the similarities and differences among complex adaptive systems - systems that learn or evolve by utilizing acquired information. They include a child learning his or her native language, a strain of bacteria becoming resistant to an antibiotic, the scientific community testing new theories, or an artist implementing a creative idea. The Quark and the Jaguar is Gell-Mann's own story of finding the connections between the basic laws of physics and the complexity and diversity of the natural world. The simple: a quark inside an atom. The complex: a jaguar prowling its jungle territory in the night. Exploring the relationship between them becomes a series of exciting intellectual adventures.

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