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This book provides the first clear, comprehensive, and accessible account of complex adaptive social systems, by two of the field's leading authorities. Such systems--whether political parties, stock markets, or ant colonies--present some of the most intriguing theoretical and practical challenges confronting the social sciences. Engagingly written, and balancing technical detail with intuitive explanations, Complex Adaptive Systems focuses on the key tools and ideas that have emerged in the field since the mid-1990s, as well as the techniques needed to investigate such systems. It provides a detailed introduction to concepts such as emergence, self-organized criticality, automata, networks, diversity, adaptation, and feedback. It also demonstrates how complex adaptive systems can be explored using methods ranging from mathematics to computational models of adaptive agents. John Miller and Scott Page show how to combine ideas from economics, political science, biology, physics, and computer science to illuminate topics in organization, adaptation, decentralization, and robustness. They also demonstrate how the usual extremes used in modeling can be fruitfully transcended.
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John Miller (born March 10, 1968 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian writer and consultant. He has published two novels to date, and his second novel won the Martin and Beatrice Fischer Award for Fiction from the Canadian Jewish Book Awards in 2008. In the same year, he also won an Honour of Distinction from the Dayne Ogilvie Grant, a Canadian award for openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender writers.
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