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

By: Steven Johnson

288 pages, no illustrations

Penguin Books

Paperback | Feb 2012 | #126041 | ISBN-13: 9780140287752
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NHBS Price: £9.99 $12/€11 approx
Hardback | Dec 2001 | #126040 | ISBN: 0713994002
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About this book

The problem of emergence - how microscopic interactions give rise to macroscopic phenomena - is not new. What is new, argues Johnson, is that it is now possible to engineer systems that exploit emergence. Bottom-up organisation will be the paradigm for the new information culture.


Part one: The myth of the ant queen. Part two: Street level; the pattern match; listening to feedback; control artist. Part three: The mind readers; see what happens.

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32 year old media guru and cultural critic, Steven Johnson is one of the '50 People who matter most on the Internet' - Newsweek Magazine

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