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Complexity : a guided tour

Author: Melanie Mitchell, (Computer scientist)
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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"What enables individually simple insects like ants to act with such precision and purpose as a group? How do trillions of individual neurons produce something as extraordinarily complex as consciousness? What is it that guides self-organizing structures like the immune system, the World Wide Web, the global economy, and the human genome? These are just a few of the fascinating and elusive questions that the science  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Mitchell, Melanie.
Complexity.
Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
(DLC) 2008023794
(OCoLC)216938473
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Melanie Mitchell, (Computer scientist)
ISBN: 9780199724574 0199724571
OCLC Number: 459793917
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 349 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents: Background and history. What is complexity? ; dynamics, chaos, and prediction ; Information ; Computation ; Evolution ; Genetics, simplified ; Defining and measuring complexity --
Life and evolution in computers. Self-reproducing computer programs ; Genetic algorithms --
Computation writ large. Cellular automata, life, and the universe ; Computing with particles ; Information processing in living systems ; How to make analogies (if you are a computer) ; Prospects of computer modeling --
Network thinking. The science of networks ; Applying network science to real-world networks ; The mystery of scaling ; Evolution, complexified --
Conclusion. The past and future of the sciences of complexity.
Responsibility: Melanie Mitchell.

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This book provides an intimate, highly readable tour of the sciences of complexity, which seek to explain how large-scale complex, organized, and adaptive behavior can emerge from simple interactions  Read more...

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