The Evolution of Complexity: The Violet Book of `Einstein Meets Magritte' (Einstein Meets Magritte: An Interdisciplinary Reflection on #8) (Hardcover)

The Evolution of Complexity: The Violet Book of `Einstein Meets Magritte' (Einstein Meets Magritte: An Interdisciplinary Reflection on #8) By Francis Heylighen (Editor), Johan Bollen (Editor), Alexander Riegler (Editor) Cover Image
By Francis Heylighen (Editor), Johan Bollen (Editor), Alexander Riegler (Editor)
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The Evolution of Complexity is addressed to a broad audience of academics and researchers from different disciplines, who are interested in the picture of our world emerging from the new sciences of complexity. This book reviews the new concepts proposed by the diverse theories of evolution, self-organisation, general systems, cybernetics, and the complex adaptive systems' approach pioneered by the Santa Fe institute. The thread which holds everything together is the growth of complexity during the history of the universe: from elementary particles, via atoms, molecules, living cells, multicellular organisms, plants, and animals to human beings, and societies. The different sections of the book discuss the foundations and philosophy of complexity evolution, its mathematical and computer models, its explanation of self-organising and living systems, the insights it provides into the origin of mind, language and culture, and its practical applications in areas such as management and system design.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780792357643
ISBN-10: 0792357647
Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: August 31st, 1999
Pages: 374
Language: English
Series: Einstein Meets Magritte: An Interdisciplinary Reflection on