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Why does time seem to fly on some occasions and drag on others? Why do some societies seem more prone to totalitarianism than others? Why does atonal music sound "worse" to most of us than traditional music? How can a butterfly in Brazil affect the weather in Alaska? The set of ingenious interdisciplinary approaches that are, together, called the science of complexity offe ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 12th 1995 by Harper Perennial
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Ami Iida
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: complex system, chaos and fractal
The book's theme is Complex system.
Complex systems is the natural sciences , it has been studied mathematics , in various fields such as social sciences.

The complex system , very sensitive system , multiple paths that can be the number of independent configuration factors that interact with each other is changing the very large system , or the system for the deployment initial conditions and a slight perturbation it is that of a such system .

the author works on Santa Fe Institute、SFI and studie
Mauricio Ventanas
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Esta es otra de mis armas secretas. Tal vez no debería recomendarlo, porque sigo pensando que es un libro que de alguna tramposa manera me ha puesto en ventaja ante los demás (definitivamente no ante todos los demás, pero sí ante una fracción respetable).

Este libro expone de una manera bastante gráfica y no tan matemática o abstracta las razones por las cuales no parece que la ciencia pueda explicar el mundo y librarnos de todas sus paradojas. De todas formas para disfrutarlo más es preferible s
David Dranchak
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John L. Casti investigates the concept of emergence and how it relates to natural evolution. Emergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions. Emergence is central to the theories of integrative levels and of complex systems. Casti defines the main elements of this science including, "the catastrophic and the chaotic." Casti manages to discuss this seemingly confusing and even convoluted topic in a very concise fashion. The accompany ...more
J Patrick  Ohlde
Jan 16, 2008 rated it liked it
If you want to know what the real deal with chaos theory is, this is an alright place to start. It opens up the world of complexity theory and shows that there are many more facets than just the butterfly effect. You really have to want it though as the writing is dense and difficult to penetrate. I hated every second of it but I learned a great deal, so it all worked out in the end.
Buddy Don
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is not an easy read, especially for someone who is not well educated in mathematics. Still, it's not that hard to understand, especially for anyone with some programming experience. But if you aren't interested in odd questions of math, this might not be the book for you.
Joey Zhouyuan
As its subtitle said, 'Explaining a paradoxical world through the science of surprise'. Inspiring and indicative graphs.
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was okayish.
Nov 12, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: hold
I need to go through some of the digging deeper material.
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Carmen says: "The science of complexification as oposed to the science of simplification"
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John L. Casti (born 1943) is an author, mathematician, and entrepreneur.

As a mathematician and researcher, Casti received his Ph.D. under Richard Bellman at the University of Southern California. He worked at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA, and served on the faculties of the University of Arizona, New York University and Princeton University, before moving to Vienna in 1973 to become one