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Emergence, Complexity, and Self-Organization: Precursors and Prototypes (Exploring Complexity) Hardcover – May 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Exploring Complexity
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: ISCE Publishing (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981703216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981703213
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,702,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tania Escalante on April 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"This is an excellent collection of essays for all those challenged by the task of understanding
complex phenomena. Current discussions on complexity and related ideas involve various concepts
that can be interpreted in different ways, and that are thus often a source of confusion and vagueness.
Reading the texts on the subject presented here is therefore a way of expanding our knowledge,
of opening perspectives on controversial issues, and of analyzing current discussions through their
historical conceptual ramifications and developments. There is no doubt that primary sources are
essential to frame and to enlighten contemporary discussions...
We think this anthology paves the way to situate many important current and future controversies
in relation to complexity."
Luis Ramírez-Trejo
Gertrudis Van de Vijver
Ghent University
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Adam Dickes on April 21, 2013
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After reading a few books on complexity, both pop-science and academic, one begins to see many of the same ideas coming up again and again in different forms, and the same struggles in attempting to understand causation in recursive and complex systems. Well, here's the thing: there's truly nothing new under the sun; in this book some truly prescient thinkers - philosophers and scientists both - saw these problems coming a long way back, and they offer some surprising and intriguing insights that are yet to be acknowledged by today's 'modern' scientists. Definitely worth a look at anyone interested in the field, especially those with a philosophical bent.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 2, 2013
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The prologue is an explanation of the human thought processes that have taken us to believe that Emergence is real and that, as soon as we have a working theory or explanation of how it works and what are its laws, it will be the next big explanatory step for practically all of science, not only physics. The rest of the book are writings by several very important thinkers on the matter of emergency. This book is great to give us a background when we try to understand Emergence and where the ideas around, well, emerged.
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