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If you are coming to this subject from an unrelated maths or physics field and looking to explore complexity and how it appears in Nature, this book may be perfect for you. Unfortunately, as a biochemist, I found the biology chapters far too basic and the maths ones far too advanced. I worked hard at it and managed to get my head around most of the tougher chapters, but beware biologists looking for an easy read - if you aren't in the mood for some hard thinking, this may not be the book for you!
This is a very good introduction to complexity. It's easy to read, doesn't restrict itself to one discipline but instead covers a broad range, and whilst it doesn't go in-depth it definitely has enough for any reader to finish with a fairly good grasp of the main issues and areas of complexity.
En general el libro es bueno, las explicaciones son claras y algunos capítulos son amenos, sin embargo, tamibén hay capítulos que son en mi opinión un poco aburridos, pero a pesar de eso vale la pena si estás interesado en el tema. No es un libro académico, es un libro de divulgación científica, escrito por la autora de tal forma que sea accesible para la mayor cantidad de público posible, por lo que no se requiere un conocimiento especializado previo para esta lectura.
1. Es una buena oportunidad para conocer el tema, está escrito con mucha claridad y abundancia de ejemplos. 2. El nivel del libro es bueno, tal vez para el total principiante resulte algo difícil. 3. Para quienes hayan disfrutado de obras como: "La eterna trenza dorada" de Hofstadter o el trabajo de Stephen Wólfram, seguramente van a disfrutar este libro.
Complex adaptive systems are macroscopic collections of ``interacting micro-structures'' which can adapt to the changing environment, and increase their survivability as a macro-structure. (Source: URL [ ... ])
Melanie Mitchell's book is a remarkable and fascinating introductory essay guaranteed to gently guide the reader in a rewarding exploration of the complex field of dynamical systems by discussing: chaos, entropy, statistical mechanics, information theory, genetic minimisations, cellular automata, fractals, Turing's machines, neural networks, and much more...
The book is written for complete novice. It covers a broad range of issues in complexity science in an accessible and engaging way. Unlike many introductory books, it does not sacrifice the scientific rigor for the sake of accessibility, instead, it walks you step by step through the concepts and enrich your understanding in a way that minimize your struggle to digest those concepts. It really deserve the title "A guided Tour".
Highly recommended for beginners who want to start their scientific journey in complexity science and also for those who are only curious about complexity.