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Cities and Complexity: Understanding Cities with Cellular Automata, Agent-Based Models, and Fractals Hardcover – September 1, 2005

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"Michael Batty provides a powerful new way of thinking about cities in terms of cells and agents, demonstrating how highly organized spatial patterns can emerge from surprisingly simple rules and processes. His many beautiful, meticulously developed examples provide fascinating insights into the evolution of urban forms, and will serve as wonderful starting points for further research."
—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

About the Author

Michael Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning and Director of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 589 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; First Edition edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262025833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262025836
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,725,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is an immense collection of research on the application of complex systems to urban spatial analysis. While this book is not extensive and is probably not meant as a textbook on complex systems in its entirety, I highly recommend it for those interested in urban spatial analysis. The applications of the techniques go beyond geography and are useful in sociology, economics, or urban planning. A caveat that I should add is that the book is quite dense with methods and formulas and is probably not best to approach this book without some knowledge of advanced statistics. However, the theoretical overviews provided more than allow for those without this background to get something out of it. In short, if you are a graduate student, professor, or researcher I'd recommend this book for an insightful and important take on the nature of cities and urban analysis.
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Format: Paperback
Prior to buying this book there were no reviews which mentioned that this was more a textbook than an in-depth but casual read.

This book is an exhaustive look at urban planning and an understanding of cities and the patterns of growth and population. While this is exactly what I was looking for, it is extremely dense and full of charts and graphs of advanced mathematical equations. I have no problem with this, however this is much more a textbook than a casual read with some interesting equations to backup the argument proposed.
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Format: Paperback
Great as starting point for urban develop.
This book is like "Every thing you want to know about cities growth and you, probably wouldn't think of...."

Professor Batty should be consider to urban modeling as Mandelbrot is to fractals.
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