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


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Why did the U.S.S.R. collapse so suddenly after more than half a century as a superpower? What caused the stock market to take a 500-point nosedive in October 1987? How did simple amino acids combine to produce living organisms four billion years ago? To explore the implications of questions like these, researchers from ponytailed grad student to Nobel laureates are challenging old ideas with exciting new insights. Line drawings.

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Jan 22, 2009

It reads like a novel even thought it dealt with technical matters such as computers, economics and physics. The story followed the key characters well.

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