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4.0 out of 5 stars Good primer
This is a good primer/intro to the field of complexity science. It won't teach you how to apply complexity science as such, but gets you thinking on the right lines. I particularly enjoyed the real life applications that were used throughout the book to help convey how complexity science can be applied to almost any area of life/human endeavour.

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2.0 out of 5 stars After reading the book you are left where you started ...
After reading the book you are left where you started. This book is too popular in the sense that it does not help you to gain more than anecdotal knowledge of the field.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good primer, 3 Jan 2012
This review is from: Simply Complexity: A Clear Guide to Complexity Theory (Paperback)
This is a good primer/intro to the field of complexity science. It won't teach you how to apply complexity science as such, but gets you thinking on the right lines. I particularly enjoyed the real life applications that were used throughout the book to help convey how complexity science can be applied to almost any area of life/human endeavour.

My only gripe with the book (and hence my only giving 4 stars), is not in the content of the book but the authors over use of the words 'in other words', which seem to appear in nearly every paragraph, probably a slight exaggeration but it does get a bit irritating after a while. He also uses 'in short' too much- these are easily fixed in a revised edition I suppose.

Overall, a good intro to the subject and provokes some interesting thoughts on life.
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2.0 out of 5 stars After reading the book you are left where you started ..., 12 Aug 2014
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After reading the book you are left where you started. This book is too popular in the sense that it does not help you to gain more than anecdotal knowledge of the field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent science and very user-friendly, 29 Jun 2010
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In complete contrast to the first review of this book on the Amazon.co.uk page, I think this book is a really excellent read. How refreshing to have things explained clearly, from the bottom up in a logical progressive manner -- and then have the rich reward of a wide range of application areas clearly mapped out. Unlike other books on complexity which seem to revolve around saying "traffic is like ants which is like...", this book explains the differences between disorder, chaos and complexity and also concepts such as fractals. All in a fun, matter-of-fact, bloke in a pub type way. Great job.
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18 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor, 21 Jan 2010
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A great disappointment. I can't recall the last time I bought a book which was so bad as to be completely unreadable. I am reminded of some of the popular books on Chaos Theory. A solution for every problem. The Science of Sciences and so forth. Pure waffle from beginning to end. There is a science of complexity, emergent behaviour and allied subjects and if you, like me, want to find out about it, steer well clear of this book.
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