Emergence The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software (Paperback)
|Author: Steven Johnson|
|*Author: Johnson, Steven *Subtitle: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software *Publication Date: 2002/09/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25|
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A VOICE LITERARY SUPPLEMENT TOP 25 FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR
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In the tradition of Being Digital and The Tipping Point, Steven Johnson, acclaimed as a "cultural critic with a poet's heart" (The Village Voice), takes readers on an eye-opening journey through emergence theory and its applications. Explaining why the whole is sometimes smarter than the sum of its parts, Johnson presents surprising examples of feedback, self-organization, and adaptive learning. How does a lively neighborhood evolve out of a disconnected group of shopkeepers, bartenders, and real estate developers? How does a media event take on a life of its own? How will new software programs create an intelligent World Wide Web?
In the coming years, the power of self-organization -- coupled with the connective technology of the Internet -- will usher in a revolution every bit as significant as the introduction of electricity. Provocative and engaging, Emergence puts you on the front lines of this exciting upheaval in science and thought.
In EMERGENCE, Steven Johnson, editor-in-chief of Feed, speaks lucidly about the organizational gravity of emergence theory, historic and natural examples of complex communities like those of ants, and how interconnectivity is reflected on the Web. A New York Times Notable Book for 2001.
Thought-provoking--and deeply appealing to the inner iconoclast. New York Times Book Review
"[N]ever mind that the book peters out. After visiting Johnson's intellectual movie theater, the layman is likely to recognize even more surprising examples of swarm logic in everyday life. Technophiles, meanwhile, will delight in both Johnson's skill as a commentator and his trademark style, which infuses technological musings with references to popular culture, recent headlines and ancient texts. And researchers who study swarm-logic behavior, heretofore little more than a broom closet in the halls of science, will surely appreciate Johnson's help in fostering the emergence of emergence." - David Pogue 09/09/2001 Washington Post Book World
"Johnson...is a clear, lively writer with an aversion to jargon and a knack for crafting offbeat analogies, and he may have the pizazz to win a wide audience...Johnson presents...examples with intelligence and verve." - Edward Dolnick 09/30/2001 American Prospect
"In EMERGENCE, Johnson has put some powerful ideas through a literary feedback loop that will, in all likelihood, accelerate and magnify their effect on our culture. Does he occasionally display some of the tics and tremors that come with believing you are hot on the trail of a theory of everything? Absolutely....But these...complications, which call for more reflection, in no way compromise the value of the book." - Harvey Blume 11/19/01