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Simply Complexity: A Clear Guide to Complexity Theory Paperback – 1 Oct 2009
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"Johnson's book fills a long-overdue need for an engaging semipopular book about complexity science, one that is also strong on the underlying scientific and theoretical concepts." "Highly recommended." (Choice)
"Neil Johnson has provided a readable account of the science of complexity" (Oxford Times)
"This is a wonderful book, simultaneously deep and highly readable. It provides unexpected insights into a wild array of subjects ranging from jazz to traffic jams to war." (Michael Spagat - Professor of Economics, Royal Holloway College, University of London)
'It's lucidly explained, engagingly written and constantly surprising: complexity made simple!' (Philip Ball)
"An excellent introduction to complexity -- a branch of science that every one of us in our time should be aware of." (Pak Ming Hui - Professor of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
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A lot of the things mentioned are about everyday happenings,such as stock market crashes, traffic jams, global terrorism,
common colds, curing cancer, chaos and quantum physics, all of these thins are explained using complexity and researchers believe that this is the key to predicting and possibly solving everything.
I found the book very interesting and it really makes you think.
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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