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Thinking in Systems: A Primer

by Donella Meadows & Diana Wright

In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, Limits to Growth-the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet- Donella Meadows remained a...


Mind, Body, World: Foundations of Cognitive Science

by Michael R. W. Dawson

Cognitive science arose in the 1950s when it became apparent that a number of disciplines, including psychology, computer science, linguistics, and philosophy, were fragmenting. Perhaps owing to the field's...


Bursts: The Hidden Patterns Behind Everything We Do, from Your E-mail to Bloody Crusades

by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi

A revolutionary new theory showing how we can predict human behavior-from a radical genius and bestselling author

Can we scientifically predict our future? Scientists and pseudo scientists have been pursuing...


The Engine of Complexity: Evolution as Computation

by John Mayfield

The concepts of evolution and complexity theory have become part of the intellectual ether permeating the life sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, and more recently, management science and economics....


General System Theory: Foundations, Development, Applications (Revised Edition)

by Ludwig Von Bertalanffy

Gathered here are Ludwig von Bertalanffy's writings on general systems theory, selected and edited to show the evolution of systems theory and to present it applications to problem solving. An attempt to formulate...


Control of Synchronous Motors

by Jean-Paul Louis

Synchronous motors are indubitably the most effective device to drive industrial production systems and robots with precision and rapidity. Their control law is thus critical for combining at the same time high...


Supervision and Safety of Complex Systems

by Nada Matta, Yves Vandenboomgaerde & Jean Arlat

This book presents results of projects carried out by both scientific and industry researchers into the techniques to help in maintenance, control, supervision and security of systems, taking into account the...


The Science of Synthesis

by Debora Hammond

Debora Hammond's The Science of Synthesis explores the development of general systems theory and the individuals who gathered together around that idea to form the Society for General Systems Research. In examining...


Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

by Steven Johnson

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...


Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age

by Duncan J. Watts

The pioneering young scientist whose work on the structure of small worlds has triggered an avalanche of interest in networks. In this remarkable book, Duncan Watts, one of the principal architects of network...


Ubiquity

by Mark Buchanan

Why do catastrophes happen? What sets off earthquakes, for example? What about mass extinctions of species? The outbreak of major wars? Massive traffic jams that seem to appear out of nowhere? Why does the stock...


Primordial Prescription: The Most Plaguing Problem of Life Origin Science

by David L Abel

This is the second major work by this author (The First Gene: The Birth of Programming, Messaging and Formal Control) and it addresses the most fundamental questions remaining for life origin research: How did...