Emergence

Emergence

The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software

eBook - 2012
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In the tradition of Being Digital and The Tipping Point, Steven Johnson, acclaimed as a "cultural critic with a poet's heart" (The Village Voice), takes readers on an eye-opening journey through emergence theory and its applications.

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK
A VOICE LITERARY SUPPLEMENT TOP 25 FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR
AN ESQUIRE MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
Explaining why the whole is sometimes smarter than the sum of its parts, Johnson presents surprising examples of feedback, self-organization, and adaptive learning. How does a lively neighborhood evolve out of a disconnected group of shopkeepers, bartenders, and real estate developers? How does a media event take on a life of its own? How will new software programs create an intelligent World Wide Web?

In the coming years, the power of self-organization -- coupled with the connective technology of the Internet -- will usher in a revolution every bit as significant as the introduction of electricity. Provocative and engaging, Emergence puts you on the front lines of this exciting upheaval in science and thought.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Scribner, 2012
ISBN: 9780743218269
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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eplmaybelle
Jan 30, 2013

Big disappointment. I was hoping that the content matched the title
Instead it was a disjointed concoction of personal anecdotes
quotes and comments from all kinds of sources about the lives
of the scientists and people who contributed to the topic, and how they contributed, and not even that had a nice logical flow to it.

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