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Complexity: A Very Short Introduction

John H. Holland

July 2014

ISBN: 9780199662548

112 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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In this Very Short Introduction, John Holland presents an introduction to the science of complexity. Using examples from biology and economics, he shows how complexity science models the behaviour of complex systems.

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In this Very Short Introduction, John Holland presents an introduction to the science of complexity. Using examples from biology and economics, he shows how complexity science models the behaviour of complex systems.

  • Focuses on the scientific and mathematical principles underlying the science of complexity
  • Shows how many processes in nature can be understood using complexity
  • Explores a series of examples to highlight and explain the various types of complex systems
  • Includes examples from the physical and biological sciences, as well as the applications in economics and management
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over six million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

John H. Holland, Professor, Department of Psychology and Department of Computer Science, The University of Michigan

John H. Holland is a leading figure in the field of complexity science who pioneered genetic algorithms. He is Professor of Psychology and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Michigan, and a member of the Board of Trustees and Science Board of the Santa Fe Institute. He is also the author of Emergence (OUP, 1999).

Table of Contents

    1:Complex systems
    2:Complex physical systems
    3:Complex adaptive systems
    4:Agents, networks, degree, and recirculation
    5:Specialization and diversity
    6:Emergence
    7:Co-evolution and the formation of niches
    8:Putting it all together
    Further reading
    Index