Einstein Meets Magritte: An Interdisciplinary Reflection on Science, Nature, Art, Human Action and Society

The Evolution of Complexity

The Violet Book of `Einstein Meets Magritte'

Editors: Heylighen, Francis, Bollen, Johan, Riegler, Alexander (Eds.)

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The Evolution of Complexity is addressed to a broad audience of academics and researchers from different disciplines, who are interested in the picture of our world emerging from the new sciences of complexity. This book reviews the new concepts proposed by the diverse theories of evolution, self-organisation, general systems, cybernetics, and the `complex adaptive systems' approach pioneered by the Santa Fe institute. The thread which holds everything together is the growth of complexity during the history of the universe: from elementary particles, via atoms, molecules, living cells, multicellular organisms, plants, and animals to human beings, and societies. The different sections of the book discuss the foundations and philosophy of complexity evolution, its mathematical and computer models, its explanation of self-organising and living systems, the insights it provides into the origin of mind, language and culture, and its practical applications in areas such as management and system design.

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Evolution of Complexity
Book Subtitle
The Violet Book of `Einstein Meets Magritte'
Editors
  • Francis Heylighen
  • Johan Bollen
  • Alexander Riegler
Series Title
Einstein Meets Magritte: An Interdisciplinary Reflection on Science, Nature, Art, Human Action and Society
Series Volume
8
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Distribution Rights
No sales rights in Belgium
Special Cover Type ISBN
978-0-7923-5765-0
Edition Number
1
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