Complexity

Chaos Theory Tamed

By Garnett P. Williams

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This may be the introduction to chaos theory I've been looking for. Reviewers say it does not require a lot of mathematics, and they praise it highly. I gave it a quick look, and like what I saw. Hmmm...
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Seven Life Lessons of Chaos: Spiritual Wisdom from the Science of Change

By John Briggs and F. David Peat

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The authors of another popular book on the science of chaos, Turbulent Mirror, give us more food for thought here. For example, the butterfly effect is the phenomenon of a tiny action, when amplified throughout a system, having unexpectedly disproportionate effects. They write that, "Paradoxically, the insights of the newest science share the vision of the world presented in many of the world's oldest indigenous and spiritual traditions." I found it easy to read and enlightening.
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Making Things Work: Solving Complex Problems in a Complex World

By Yaneer Bar-Yam

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Part 1 presents concepts, and in Part 2 the author discusses real world problems such as war, health care, education, and international development. Bar-Yam writes about "relating the nature of the problem to the nature of the solution, a kind of yin-yang complementarity." There are some annoying editorial boo-boos, but the book's practical approach makes deciphering those mistakes worthwhile.

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Complexity: A Guided Tour

By Melanie Mitchell

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This is a scholarly but highly readable trip through chaos theory, cellular automata, and networks. Several reviewers praise it as a very good introduction to the field of complexity.
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