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Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines Paperback – 1 May 1995

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; New edition edition (1 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857023080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857023084
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,339,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Author

Why you should read this book
This is a book about how our manufactured world has become so complex that the only way to create yet more complex things is by using the principles of biology. This means decentralized, bottom up control, evolutionary advances and error-honoring institutions. I also get into the new laws of wealth in a network-based economy, what the Biosphere 2 project in Arizona has or has not to teach us, and whether large systems can predict or be predicted. And more: restoration biology, encryption, a-life, and the lessons of hypertext. Yes, it's a romp, in 520 pages. But the best part, my friends tell me, is the 28-page annotated bibliography. If you have suspected that technology could be better, more life-like, then this book is for you. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Kevin Kelly, executive editor of ‘Wired’, was formerly publisher and editor of ‘Whole Earth Review’. He is the author of the highly acclaimed ‘Out of Control.’


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