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  • Series: Primers in Complex Systems
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1 edition (November 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691137676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691137674
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Scott Page effectively illustrates the multiplicity of results from diverse aspects of complex systems. While all too many social scientists have tried to focus on making analysis simple, Page points out that this overlooks the great variety of relevant material in our social worlds. I am looking forward to having my students read it in my graduate seminar and encourage others to do so as well."--Elinor Ostrom, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics

"At once clear and precise, Page not only makes a persuasive case for the advantages of diversity in biological, ecological, and social systems alike, but also provides the reader with the analytical tools necessary to engage real-world debates in a rational, even quantitative manner. The result is a valuable primer on a difficult and important subject."--Duncan J. Watts, author of Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness

"Scott Page has performed a remarkable work of synthesis. The concepts of diversity and its implications for performance and growth are common to many fields, especially biology and economics. Page has drawn these illustrations together and shown the common elements and how each field illuminates others."--Kenneth J. Arrow, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics

"Page engagingly seduces readers into rather deep ideas in complex systems, including sophisticated mathematical formulas, by using a relaxed style with lots of examples. Yet the treatment is rigorous."--Simon A. Levin, Princeton University

"One of the book's many strengths is that it draws upon insights from seemingly disconnected areas of research and shows how they can be viewed within a common framework. Page's style is lively and conversational, making challenging subject matter quite readable, but without any sacrifice of rigor. He manages to convey both the excitement and difficulty of analyzing complex systems and the role of diversity within them."--Rajiv Sethi, Barnard College, Columbia University

About the Author

Scott E. Page is the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan and an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute. He is the author of" The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies" (Princeton).

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Scott E. Page is Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan and an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute. He is the coauthor of "Complex Adaptive Systems" (Princeton).

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By John Marke on July 31, 2011
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I like the book. In this work Page provides insight not necessarily answers.

Definitions are easy, insight isn't. Definitions I can get anywhere or make them up myself. The invitation Page provides is simple: here's a couple of ways to think about the phenomenon under consideration. And he does so with a comfortable degree of depth and rigor. I have to admit, I didn't spend a lot of time thinking about the role of diversity in complex systems. So maybe now it isn't an afterthought.

Page is no Tom Clancy, but neither is the book boring. A bit of a warning though, if you do not know much about complexity, maybe it would be a good idea to read a primer first. Page gives an intro on complexity, but its a bit shallow. I think a novice ought to have a better appreciation for connectedness, inter-dependency, adaptability, etc. in general to provide a richer context.

Let's face it, a lot of concepts in complexity science are axiomatic at best, and ill-defined/poorly understood to any degree of depth. I think it is very much worthwhile to take a characteristic of complex systems, i.e. diversity, and spend some time and effort exploring its nuances. Good job and a worthy addition to anyone's library on complexity.

If I lost my copy, is the book worthwhile enough to buy it again? Yes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Constinia Charbonnette on February 9, 2014
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If you are looking for research to introduce you to the role of diversity in complex adaptive systems, then you must start with Page's book. It explains the layered foundations of "how diversity happens, how it is maintained, and how it affects complex systems." This book examines the multi-level aspects of diversity (i.e., types, community compositions and interaction structures).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chip Hauss on August 23, 2013
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I was disinclined to like this book even though I am a product of one of Page's academic departments at Michigan.

Too many books based on formal modeling are based on assumptions that have little bearing on what actually happens in the world I work in where, models or not, our job is to foster cooperation in conditions of diversity and complexity.

Much too my surprise, I really like his use of formal modeling techniques and his ability to bring them down (near) the level of mere mortals who lack his economic and mathematical sophistication. I agreed with his conclusion at least in part because I wanted to.

But seriously, the logic in his arguments contains germs of ideas we who work in the applied field should pay attention and even more than critics of cooperative problem solving ignore at their empirical and normative peril.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shepard hurwitz on May 1, 2013
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A good read on complex systems and how systems amplify minute differences. The impact on social function as well as technology is a fascinating expansion.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Henry Lee Allen on August 3, 2013
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This book leads us to new frontiers in social scientific thinking. All global scholars ought to engage its conceptualization to refine their research about the dynamics of social systems.
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