—William J. Mitchell, Professor of Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences, MIT
"Batty is a master at presenting challenging material in 'gentle though rigorous' ways, judiciously combining text, graphics, and notation, and moving from easy-to-grasp toy problems to real examples."
—Helen Couclelis, Professor, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Cities and Complexity unites into an integrated whole pathbreaking methods in urban research centered on ideas of nonlinear dynamic emergence and self-organization. This book will be an ideal text for advanced students of urban systems and an invaluable guide for their instructors, as well as for practitioners who seek to simulate alternative futures."
—Brian J. L. Berry, Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor and Dean of the School of Social Science, University of Texas at Dallas
"In this book Batty clearly demonstrates that decentralized, local spatial processes can produce complex patterns of urban dynamics that are both visually arresting and scientifically compelling. The novelty of the book is that it blends cellular automata and agent-based models, making it of interest to anyone concerned with spatial social science—geographers, economists, environmental scientists, urban sociologists, international relations scholars, planners, and policy specialists. More broadly, the book will be a definitive addition to the emerging field of computational social science."
—Robert L. Axtell, Center on Social and Economic Dynamics, The Brookings Institution