- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Oneworld; 1 edition (June 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1851684883
- ISBN-13: 978-1851684885
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,560,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A highly engaging and accessible introduction to complexity theory that will be of interest to a broad readership." -- Christophre Georges - Professor of Economics, Hamilton College
"An excellent introduction to complexity -- a branch of science that every one of us in our time should be aware of." -- Pak Ming Hui - Professor of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
"This is a wonderful book, simultaneously deep and highly readable. It provides unexpected insights into a wild array of subjects ranging from jazz to traffic jams to war." -- Michael Spagat - Professor of Economics, Royal Holloway College, University of London
'It's lucidly explained, engagingly written and constantly surprising: complexity made simple!' -- Philip Ball -- best-selling author of Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another
"Johnson's book fills a long-overdue need for an engaging semipopular book about complexity science, one that is also strong on the underlying scientific and theoretical concepts." -- Choice
It's lucidly explained, engagingly written and constantly surprising: complexity made simple! -- Philip Ball -- best-selling author of Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another
It's lucidly explained, engagingly written and constantly surprising: complexity made simple! -- Philip Ball best-selling author of Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another
This is a wonderful book, simultaneously deep and highly readable. It provides unexpected insights into a wild array of subjects ranging from jazz to traffic jams to war. -- Michael Spagat - Professor of Economics, Royal Holloway College, University of London
About the Author
Neil Johnson is Professor of Physics at Oxford University. He is co-director of Oxford University's research collaboration into Complexity and author of Financial Market Complexity, Oxford University Press (2003). He was previously the Royal Institution's Christmas lecturer, writing and presenting five one hour lectures on BBC Television.
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It is through answers to these questions and the explanations of everyday events that "two's company, three is complexity" really shines. Using the science of Complexity Johnson explains the underlying causes behind many of the phenomena we see in the world around us. Phenomena like traffic jams, terrorism, stock markets, the common cold and the growth of cancer tumours. Before I read this book I had assumed these things were too difficult to understand (without a PhD), or that they just occurred at random. However Johnson largely succeeds in explaining these phenomena using intuition, diagrams and good analogies. To his credit equations are kept to a minimum so the book remains very readable. That said I think that the real strength of the book lies in its ability to draw parallels and links between these seemingly disparate systems. I started to realise that the growth of a Cancer tumour was perhaps not so different from the movement of traffic on city streets, or that the price movements on international currency markets might be share many features with the spread of the common cold.
In reading this book I had a large number of Ah-Ha moments and perhaps that is why it is ultimately so enjoyable. It was as if a light bulb would suddenly appeared over my head as I read the explanations.
This book is an engaging tour through the new science of complexity, told in an addictive manner. Do yourself a favour and next time you are going on a long flight, ditch the B grade in-flight movie and read this book instead. You will come out with a new appreciation of the way our world works and you will never look at a traffic jam in the same way again :)