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Emergence : the connected lives of ants, brains, cities and software

By: Johnson, Steven

0140287752 / 9780140287752
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01/08/2002
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20 cm 288 p. : ill.
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Reprint. Originally published: New York: Scribner; London: Allen Lane, 2001.

It is fast becoming clear that our lives revolve around the powers of emergence. Order arrives from the bottom-up, not top-down. Complexity is resolved through simplicity. Everywhere the same laws are obeyed, the same swarm logic is at work. "Emergence" looks at the cities we inhabit, the media frenzies we suffer and the games we play, showing how individual actions without central planning often create a wonderfully adaptive communal intelligence.

In this compelling, revelatory book, Johnson investigates the artificial emergence which is bringing sweeping cultural and political change in its wake.

Rich with insights into the future, this book allows us to witness the exhilating arrival and sudden ascendancy of a potent new idea.

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JFCX History of ideas, PDZ Popular science

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