Emergence by Steven Johnson

Emergence

By Steven Johnson

  • Release Date: 2012-09-11
  • Genre: Science & Nature
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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 and its applications.

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK
A VOICE LITERARY SUPPLEMENT TOP 25 FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR
AN ESQUIRE MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

Explaining why the whole is sometimes smarter than the sum of its parts, Johnson presents surprising examples of feedback, self-organization, and adaptive learning. How does a lively neighborhood evolve out of a disconnected group of shopkeepers, bartenders, and real estate developers? How does a media event take on a life of its own? How will new software programs create an intelligent World Wide Web?

In the coming years, the power of self-organization -- coupled with the connective technology of the Internet -- will usher in a revolution every bit as significant as the introduction of electricity. Provocative and engaging, Emergence puts you on the front lines of this exciting upheaval in science and thought.

Reviews

  • Some good -- but alas outdated -- material

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    By One Suitcase
    Had I read Steven Johnson’s ‘Emergence: The Connected Lives...’ back in 2001 when it was first published I might have rated it 4-5 stars. But reading 'Emergence:..." in 2013 I was confronted with how dated much of its material is. The first couple chapters on emergence in ant colonies and human cities remain relevant, but much of the remainder of the book is devoted to obsolete technology and the early days of the World Wide Web, discussions of no longer extant online communities, Sim City and the Sims, all of this gleaned from a world before the dotcom meltdown in 2001, so very long ago.

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