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.
Mitchell views complexity in a wide variety of instances. While it is true that there is at present no "science of complexity", perhaps one will come from a reader of this... Read morePublished 9 days ago by dsm
In my opinion, understanding complexity -- how nature works to create a very complex universe from such simple things as the elementary particles with only a few properties and... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Joe R. Mcauley
This is probably one of the better books on chaos and complexity. Melanie provides the history and background of how chaos science developed (like Gleick's book), but does a better... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeremy Myers - Writing at TillHeComes .org
This book was a complete letdown. It turns out that there really isn't a a branch of science or mathematics called Complexity Theory, but rather it is just a bunch of disparate... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian Egras
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 2 months ago by Gonzalez
A great introduction to an important and difficult topic. Easy to read for someone not in the field.Published 2 months 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 5 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