Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos

M. Mitchell Waldrop, Author
M. Mitchell Waldrop, Author Simon & Schuster $22.5 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-76789-1
Reviewed on: 09/28/1992
Release date: 10/01/1992
Paperback - 384 pages - 978-0-671-87234-2
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Waldrop presents his narrative of the ``science of complexity in high screenplay style, offering a cast of five main characters. In general, he makes the emerging nature of complexity theory accessible to the general reader. He dissipates his advantage, however, in order to depict the personalities of the scientists he discusses, using at least three of them-Stuart Kauffman, Brian Arthur and Chris Langton-to act as interdisciplinary infielders of sorts, who relay the theory itself through a long subplot on structuring and funding the Santa Fe Institute in the 1970s. Complexity theory most likely will receive other, more rigorous examinations than Waldrop's, but he provides a good grounding of what may indeed be the first flowering of a new science. (Oct.)
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