Adrian Woolfson: The Future of Emergence, 21 March 2002
Show More Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software by Steven Johnson.
Allen Lane, 288 pp., £14.99, October 2001, 0 7139 9400 2Show More
The Moment of Complexity: Emerging Network Culture by Mark Taylor.
Chicago, 340 pp., £20.50, January 2002, 0 226 79117 3Show More
“... How can patterns, whether biological, social or cultural, be generated without programs? Stuart Kauffman, among others, has attempted to simulate the emergent behaviour of abstract networks by using computers, for which purposes it is irrelevant whether the interconnected components are ants, people, communities, molecules or competing ...”