Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

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Simon and Schuster, 2002 M09 10 - 288 páginas
In the tradition of Being Digital and The Tipping Point, Steven Johnson, acclaimed as a "cultural critic with a poet's heart" (The Village Voice), takes readers on an eye-opening journey through emergence theory and its applications.

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Explaining why the whole is sometimes smarter than the sum of its parts, Johnson presents surprising examples of feedback, self-organization, and adaptive learning. How does a lively neighborhood evolve out of a disconnected group of shopkeepers, bartenders, and real estate developers? How does a media event take on a life of its own? How will new software programs create an intelligent World Wide Web?

In the coming years, the power of self-organization -- coupled with the connective technology of the Internet -- will usher in a revolution every bit as significant as the introduction of electricity. Provocative and engaging, Emergence puts you on the front lines of this exciting upheaval in science and thought.
 

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In the preface, I defined emergence as simply as possible: order arising out of chaos. A more nuanced definition is higher-order complexity arising out of chaos in which novel, coherent structures ... Leer comentario completo

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It's been quite a while since I read this, and I should probably queue it up for a re-read. But at the time I read it, it opened my mind to a lot of ideas that I was ready for, but hadn't quite known ... Leer comentario completo

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New Foreword for the Tenth Anniversary
9
PART
25
PART
69
PART THREE
191
Notes
235
Bibliography
265
Acknowledgments
275
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Steven Johnson cofounded Feed, the Internet's acclaimed voice on technology, science, and culture. He is the author of Interface Culture and holds a B.A. in semiotics from Brown University and an M.A. in English from Columbia. He lives in New York City.

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