Unlike many books on complexity, this book is easy to read and highly accessible to general readers.
To be fair, the author mentions that the claims made here are a bit controversial, but I find this part a bit disingenuous to say the least.
Melanie Mitchell provides an excellent survey of the emerging field of complexity, much like her Introduction to Genetic Algorithms.
This book is good, but it is not great. The first 5 chapters (maybe 8 if you were a overachiever) are just a review of basic concepts that most of us learned in high school. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Gonzalez
A great introduction to an important and difficult topic. Easy to read for someone not in the field.Published 22 days ago by Thomas Smedsrud
Dr.. Mitchell explains how natural systems compute and even, perhaps, create meaning from chaos. Without pretension or posturing, she clearly explains one the most fundamental and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hobson Lane
This book would deserve 5 stars just for it's excellent coverage of the topic of Complexity.
But Mitchell also brings an invaluable perspective to the topic that both... Read more
Excellent overview of the field by an outstanding researcher and instructor. Also highly recommend her Intro to Complexity MOOC offered by Santa Fe Institute.Published 3 months ago by Eric Seftel
Dr. Mitchell does a pretty good job of explaining where we are in terms of understanding, defining and modelling complex systems. It is not an easy job but she delivers it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Owl
Complexity is a really big subject.
Melanie Mitchell shows you, grosso modo, all of the basical concepts and all of the subjects of study of this amazing science... Read more
The first part of this book is mostly introduction into parts of science that I would have thought would be irrelevant, but the next sections ties everything together nicely. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Banner B Schafer