Complexity and the Arrow of Time Hardcover – 8 Aug 2013
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'The emergence of complex systems after the Big Bang, from a Universe that started out in a very simple state, is one of the great puzzles of science. This book provides the best single-volume insight into the nature of this puzzle, and hints at its possible resolution. It may be the answer to life, the Universe, and everything.' John Gribbin, University of Sussex
'In physics, chemistry and biology, the topic of complexity is, in a word, complicated. This collection is invaluable as an introduction to the many intractable open questions this subject raises, such as how best to define complexity, and how, why and if it increases.' Jeremy Butterfield, University of Cambridge
'… fascinating lines of thought …' Daniel McShea, Science
'This work is essential reading for researchers in almost every philosophy- or theory-based field. It exposes the universe as a 'quantum computer' from which meaning can be found only through intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary thinking … Highly recommended.' J. A. van Reenen, Choice
Experts from science, philosophy and theology jointly address the widespread assumption that the universe is 'getting more complex with time'. This unique cross-disciplinary work offers insights in complexity that reach deep into key areas of physics, biology, complexity science, philosophy and religion. A must-read for anyone interested in complexity theory.
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Requires concentration as it is a subject most are not familar with
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A compendium of research material.
23 February 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a series of essay of the topic of complexity. I am no expert but to me this is an interesting philosophical topic. I found the essays variously penetrating, or impenetrable. I strongly recommend Stuart Kauffman's thoughts on re-enchanting the world. The study of complexity is a vary incomplete science, maybe so incomplete it ought not be called science. Non-the-less it dances on the edge new and magical understanding of what our world is.
A lot was over my head
13 July 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
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Fascinating stuff. I wish I understood more of it, but what I could understand was extremely provocative. Time is so mysterious and so ubiquitous.
So many great ideas
18 December 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
9 people found this helpful.
I am not a mathematician or physicist but nevertheless understood even these sections. I teach elementary biology courses at the college level and find this compendium very useful.