life at the edge of chaos

Author: Roger Lewin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780020147954

Category: Mathematics

Page: 208

View: 9539


"Put together one of the world's best science writers with one of the universe's most fascinating subjects and you are bound to produce a wonderful book. . . . The subject of complexity is vital and controversial. This book is important and beautifully done."--Stephen Jay Gould "ÝComplexity ̈ is that curious mix of complication and organization that we find throughout the natural and human worlds: the workings of a cell, the structure of the brain, the behavior of the stock market, the shifts of political power. . . . It is time science . . . thinks about meaning as well as counting information. . . . This is the core of the complexity manifesto. Read it, think about it . . . but don't ignore it."--Ian Stewart, "Nature" This second edition has been brought up to date with an essay entitled "On the Edge in the Business World" and an interview with John Holland, author of "Emergence: From Chaos to Order."


The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos

Author: Mitchell M. Waldrop

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671872346

Category: Mathematics

Page: 380

View: 9666


A look at the rebellious thinkers who are challenging old ideas with their insights into the ways countless elements of complex systems interact to produce spontaneous order out of confusion

The Soul at Work

Unleashing the Power of Complexity Science for Business Success

Author: Roger Lewin,Birute Regine

Publisher: Orion Business Success

ISBN: 9780752811857

Category: Crisis management

Page: 394

View: 6951


For the past few years, convinced of the potential of Complexity Theory, multinationals and large consultancy firms have put large amounts of money in research into the business application of the theory. This book is based on the findings of these programmes and the authors' own extensive research. It includes detailed case studies of companies.

At Home in the Universe

The Search for Laws of Self-organization and Complexity

Author: Stuart Kauffman,Stuart A. Kauffman

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195095999

Category: History

Page: 321

View: 6852


The author examines the concept of self-organization, or as he calls it "order for free," discussing how it occurs more frequently in nature than originally believed

The Edge of Organization

Chaos and Complexity Theories of Formal Social Systems

Author: Russ Marion

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452263760

Category: Social Science

Page: 376

View: 6451


Russ Marion describes formal and social organizations from the perspective of chaos and complexity theories. The book is generously illustrated and includes references plus an annotated bibliography.

Teaching about the Future

Author: P. Bishop,A. Hines

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137020709

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 1361


The faculty at the University of Houston's program in Futures Studies share their comprehensive, integrated approach to preparing foresight professionals and assisting others doing foresight projects. Provides an essential guide to developing classes on the future or even establishing whole degree programs.

Capturing the Complexity of Conflict

Dealing with Violent Ethnic Conflicts of the Post-Cold War Era

Author: Dennis J. D. Sandole

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134208979

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 4985


First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Story of Post-Modernism

Five Decades of the Ironic, Iconic and Critical in Architecture

Author: Charles Jencks

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119960096

Category: Architecture

Page: 296

View: 4270


In The Story of Post-Modernism, Charles Jencks, the authority on Post-Modern architecture and culture, provides the defining account of Post-Modern architecture from its earliest roots in the early 60s to the present day. By breaking the narrative into seven distinct chapters, which are both chronological and overlapping, Jencks charts the ebb and flow of the movement, the peaks and troughs of different ideas and themes. The book is highly visual. As well as providing a chronological account of the movement, each chapter also has a special feature on the major works of a given period. The first up-to-date narrative of Post-Modern Architecture - other major books on the subject were written 20 years ago. An accessible narrative that will appeal to students who are new to the subject, as well as those who can remember its heyday in the 70s and 80s.

Distant Proximities

Dynamics Beyond Globalization

Author: James N. Rosenau

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691095240

Category: Political Science

Page: 439

View: 8674


In "Distant Proximities" one of America's senior scholars presents a work of sweeping vision that addresses the dizzying anxieties of the post-Cold War, post-September 11th world.

Self-organization in Biological Systems

Author: Scott Camazine,Jean-Louis Deneubourg,Nigel R. Franks,James Sneyd,Eric Bonabeau,Guy Theraula

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691116242

Category: Science

Page: 538

View: 2381


Biological structures built through mechanisms involving self-organization are examined in this text. Examples of such structures are termite mounds, which provide their inhabitants with a secure & stable environment. The text looks at why & how self-organization occurs in nature.