Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos

Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos

by RogerLewin (Author)


Complexity, in Roger Lewin's view, will be the dominant scientific trend of the 1990s, as scientists from many disciplines come together and begin to discover the underlying similarities in their fields. Briefly, complexity theory - which encompasses chaos - holds that at the root of all complex systems lie a few simple rules. It takes the notion of chaos (which states that within seemingly chaotic systems are elements of order) a step further by actually identifying these rules. For example - the rules which govern the behaviour of molecules will parallel those which guide human behaviour. The goal of complexity theory is "a grand unification of the life sciences". The book focuses on the pioneers in the field of chaos theory, and their struggles to gain acceptance, beginning with Heinz Pagels (an early prophet of the movement), Edward Fredkin and John Wolfram (who worked with cellular automata at the University of Illinois' Centre for Complex Systems), Danny Hillis (a computer magician who introduced complexity to the marketplace), Manfred Eigen of the Max Planck Institute, biochemist Stuart Kaufman (who applied mathematical rules to the theory of natural selection), Harvard behavioural biologist Irven Devore and Brian Arthur (who linked physics and math to economics) and others. Roger Lewin has also written "Bones of Contention", "Origins", " People of the Lake", "Darwin's Forgotten World", "In the Age of Mankind" and "Origins Reconsidered".


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Phoenix
Published: 02 Sep 1993

ISBN 10: 1857990285
ISBN 13: 9781857990287