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Patterns In The Sand: Computers, Complexity, And Everyday Life

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Until recently, science has made progress by breaking large systems down into smaller and simpler parts, studying and explaining how these parts operate, and putting them back together again. Although this ”reductionist” approach works amazingly well when we study the atom or the function of a single gene, it hits a brick wall when it comes to vastly complex systems like t ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 14th 1999 by Basic Books (first published September 14th 1998)
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This is a fine book to read about complex systems and the difficulties of management and prediction if you're like me and really don't have much in the way of math/science background. Bonus for my copy: it previously belonged to my grandfather, so it's pre-underlined with important terms written in the margins!

What I learned: Now I understand that xkcd cartoon about the Traveling Salesman Problem.
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