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COMPLEXITY SCIENCE: Tackling the Difficult Questions We Ask about Ourselves and about Our Universe [Paperback]

Vinod Wadhawan
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August 9, 2010 3838377540 978-3838377544
Mastering complexity is the next big challenge for science. Why has structure evolved in the universe: galaxies, stars, planets, bacteria, plants, animals, brains? Why and how has life evolved out of nonlife? How does intelligence arise in systems comprising of non-intelligent individuals or components? How does cultural complexity arise and evolve? Can we explain consciousness? This book describes how answers to such questions can be sought through the science of complexity. Surely we do not have all the answers yet, but the recurrent themes in complexity science point the way to comprehension. This book describes these recurring themes in a fairly nontechnical language. It helps you understand statements like the following: 'Flowers are a work of art, but there is no artist involved in the creation of the art.' Understanding and managing complexity is of critical importance if we are to find ways to solve environmental challenges like global warming, and if we are to build societies that do not destroy themselves through conflict and war. This book helps you acquire the basic essential familiarity with the subject of complexity.

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Dr. Vinod Wadhawan is a Raja Ramanna Fellow at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. He has authored books on ferroic materials and smart structures. He feels very concerned about the rampant irrational belief systems he sees nearly everywhere, and believes that exposure to complexity science can help cure many of these ills.

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (August 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3838377540
  • ISBN-13: 978-3838377544
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,881,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read March 4, 2011
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This book was my first venture into non-fiction so I was a bit skeptical that I would enjoy it. I was barely able to put this book down after the first few pages got me completely hooked. The author has as incredibly compelling writing style. It's educational and enlightening all at once.

I found the book to be well written with a fantastic pacing. The author explains the scientific concepts in a very simple manner, so that laymen can understand them very well. He gives interesting examples in every topic, so it's easy to draw a parallel from our own lives, and understand the concepts.

Overall, a great book. I would definitely recommend this as a read.
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