6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A gentle introduction, and then the rest,
By A Customer
This review is from: Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software (Paperback)
This book is strong when it comes to recounting examples of observable emergence - the growth of cities, the society of the ant colony etc .. - but it is very weak when applying the theories to modern technological advances. Unfortunately there is a lot of time spent on the latter at the expense of the former.
Mr Johnson betrays some fundemental misunderstandings about the structure and "workings" of the internet which for me conjured up the bewilderment on my mother's face as she attempts to program the video recoreder.
Nevertheless, it is fascinating subject matter and this book serves as a great starting point for further reading. Just be warned you may have to grit your teeth through the later sections.