Most game players, alas, live on something close to day-trader time, at least when they're in the middle of a game--thinking more about their next move than their next meal, and usually blissfully oblivious to the 10-or-20-year trajectory of software development. No-one wants to play with a toy that's going to be fun after a few decades of tinkering--the toys have to be engaging now, or kids will find other toys.
Johnson has a knack for explaining complicated and counterintuitive ideas cleverly without stealing the scene. Though we're far from fully understanding how complex behaviour manifests from simple units and rules, our awareness that such emergence is possible is guiding research across disciplines. Readers unfamiliar with the sciences of complexity will find Emergence an excellent starting point, while those who were chaotic before it was cool will appreciate its updates and wider scope. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Anyone interested in the link between neurology and psychology might like this book. Maybe not the full explanation but it looks like someone's getting there - thinking systems can... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Edward
What geek wouldn't be attracted to a book covering subjects ranging from Slashdot and Sim City to Alan Turing, Gerald Edelman, ant colonies and neuroscience? Read morePublished on 14 April 2010 by B. Nelson
The book is written about a topic that I find extremely interesting. Reading the first chapter, I thought that this was going to be one helluva book on emergence and... Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2009 by Lars Hansen
As some of the other reviewers have written, this book is strongest when reflecting on the operation of patterns of emergence established over the longue dureé within ant... Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2007 by S. O'Dwyer
If 'Emergence' is one thing, it is thought-provoking. Whether you are new to "emergence theory" or have read about it before, there will be something here to get your brain... Read morePublished on 2 July 2004 by "scribeoflight"
I was disappointed by this book and thought it pretty lightweight. There were too many examples of emergent systems from IT, software, the world-wide web (descirbed in pretty... Read morePublished on 15 April 2003 by H. Johns
Steven Johnson offers here a short introduction to the complex and puzzling theory of Emergence or "the movement from low-level rules to higher-level sophistication". Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2003 by Roger Jay