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Modeling Reality : From Building Blocks to Computers.

Author: Iwo Białynicki-Birula
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, Incorporated, Jan. 2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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Genre/Form: Electronic book
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Iwo Białynicki-Birula
ISBN: 9780198531005 0198531001
OCLC Number: 692309855
Target Audience: Scholarly & Professional
Description: 1 online resource (188 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 1. From Building Blocks to Computers: Models and Modeling ; 2. The Game of Life: A Legendary Cellular Automaton ; 3. Heads or Tails: Probability of an Event ; 4. Galton's Board: Probability and Statistics ; 5. Twenty Questions: Probability and Information ; 6. Snowflakes: The Evolution of Dynamical Systems ; 7. The Lorenz Butterfly: Deterministic Chaos ; 8. From Cantor to Mandelbrot: Self-Similarity and Fractals ; 9. Typing Monkeys: Statistical Linguistics ; 10. The Bridges of Konigsberg: Graph Theory ; 11. Prisoner's Dilemma: Game Theory ; 12. Let the Best Man Win: Genetic Algorithms ; 13. Computers Can Learn: Neural Networks ; 14. Unpredictable Individuals: Modeling Society ; 15. Universal Computer: The Turing Machine ; 16. Hal, R2D2 and Number 5: Artificial Intelligence ; Epilog ; Programs ; Further Reading ; Index

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