"Schiff suppresses most mathematical details, rendering his book highly accessible, informative, and entertaining, but leaving open niches for a textbook treatment with exercises or an advanced monograph with proofs." (CHOICE, October 2008)
"This book serves as a valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate students in the physical, biological, and social sciences and may also be of interest to any reader with a scientific or basic mathematical ground." (Mathematical Reviews, 2008m)
I have finished reading the preliminary MS, and I honestly think it is the best math related book I have ever read. It is easy to read, good pace, explains all and leaves nothing out. -- Dror Speiser, Tel Aviv, Israel
The preliminary manuscript was the fourth book that I have read on the subject, but also the most coherent. With all due respect to Wolfram, this really surpassed his New Kind of Science in both content and style. While he clearly deserves a place in the pantheon, in the long run, this book should stand with his in the popular academic literature. -- Marc Ratkovic -- graduate student, University of Wisconsin
The fundamental premise of CA is that complex behavior arises out of simple rules governing local behavior, and this is a useful paradigm for the way in which much of the world works. The virtue of CA is that they are much easier to deal with than the usual partial differential equations and often allow greater insight into the underlying processes at play.