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Artificial Life: An Overview [Hardcover]

by Christopher G. Langton
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July 6, 1995 0262121891 978-0262121897

Artificial life, a field that seeks to increase the role of synthesis in the study of biological phenomena, has great potential, both for unlocking the secrets of life and for raising a host of disturbing issues -- scientific and technical as well as philosophical and ethical. This book brings together a series of overview articles that appeared in the first three issues of the groundbreaking journal Artificial Life, along with a new introduction by Christopher Langton, Editor-in-Chief of Artificial Life, founder of the discipline, and Director of the Artificial Life Program at the Santa Fe Institute.

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This college-level text focuses on the field of artificial life, providing articles which appeared in the journal of the same name and including a new introduction. Abstracts and keywords introduce each, with plenty of scholarly footnotes providing the necessary research information. -- Midwest Book Review

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  • Series: Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: A Bradford Book (July 6, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262121891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262121897
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,643,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars An eclectic gathering of papers on dynamic systems March 24, 1998
Langton pulls together a number of interesting papers from the Los Alamos a-life conference, bound with the perspective only he can provide. Great for the technically-minded curious but most promising as storehouse of ideas for experimentors in dynamic adaptive systems.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Reprint for money November 8, 1999
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Why not just go to the library and pick up volume 1 of the Artificial Life journal. That's all this is. Did someone really have the gall to sell us a journal twice? Yes, Virginia, I guess they did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD February 21, 1999
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