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

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In a rarified world of scientific research, a revolution has been brewing. Its activists are not anarchists, but rather Nobel Laureates in physics and economics and pony-tailed graduates, mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world. They have formed an iconoclastic think-tank and their radical idea is to create a new science: complexity. They want to know how a primordial soup of simple molecules managed to turn itself into the first living cell - and what the origin of life some four billion years ago can tell us about the process of technological innovation today. This book is their story - the story of how they have tried to forge what they like to call "the science of the 21st century".

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"The New York Times Book Review" Lucidly shows physicists, biologists, computer scientists and economists swapping metaphors and reveling in the sense that epochal discoveries are just around the corner....[Waldrop] has a special talent for relaying the exhilaration of moments of intellectual insight.

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M. Mitchell Waldrop has his doctorate in elementary particle physics and is the author of "Man-Made Minds." He spent ten years as a senior writer for "Science" magazine, where he is now a contributing correspondent.

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