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A Crude Look at the Whole: The Science of Complex Systems in by John H. Miller

By John H. Miller

Imagine attempting to comprehend a stained glass window by means of breaking it into items and reading it one shard at a time. once you may perhaps most likely study much approximately every piece, you will don't know approximately what the full photo seems like. this is often reductionism—the concept that to appreciate the realm we simply have to research its pieces—and it truly is how so much social scientists technique their work.

In A Crude examine the Whole, social scientist and economist John H. Miller indicates why we have to begin taking a look at entire photos. For something, even if we're conversing approximately inventory markets, desktop networks, or organic organisms, person elements basically make feel after we do not forget that they're a part of greater wholes. and maybe extra importantly, these wholes can tackle behaviors which are strikingly diverse from that in their pieces.
Miller, a number one professional within the computational examine of complicated adaptive platforms, finds magnificent worldwide styles linking the association of differently substantially diversified buildings: it may well appear crude, yet a beehive’s temperature keep an eye on procedure may help expect marketplace fluctuations and a mammal’s heartbeat may help us comprehend the “heartbeat” of a urban and adapt city making plans as a result. From enduring racial segregation to unexpected inventory marketplace mess ups, after we commence drawing hyperlinks among complicated platforms, we will be able to begin fixing what another way could be completely intractable problems.

Thanks to this progressive viewpoint, we will ultimately go beyond the bounds of reductionism and realize an important new rules. Scientifically based and fantastically written, A Crude examine the Whole is a strong exploration of the demanding situations that we are facing as a society. because it unearths, taking the crude glance will be the single method to really see.

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Interacting systems also tend to be inherently noisy, and such randomness can have surprising global consequences. Of course, who interacts with whom is a fundamental property of these systems, and such networks of interaction are an essential element of complex systems. Core principles such as feedback, heterogeneity, noise, and networks can be used to understand new layers of complexity. For example, there are complex systems, such as your mind, that generate coherent and productive decisions in a completely decentralized manner, seemingly without control.

Robert Hanneman, Steve Lansing, Baldomero Olivera, Jacob Peters, Tom Seeley, and Geoff West were all kind enough to provide some of their research materials to generate some of the figures. Laurence Gonzales undertook a careful reading of the manuscript, as did my editor, T. J. Kelleher, and I’m grateful to both of them for their suggestions. During the final stages of the book, Sue Warga and Melissa Veronesi provided key contributions. Finally, thanks to my agent, Jim Levine, for championing this project.

John Howard), 1959– A crude look at the whole : the science of complex systems in business, life, and society / John H. Miller. pages cm Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-465-07386-3 (e-book) 1. System analysis. 2. System design. 3. Information modeling. 4. Coupled problems (Complex systems) I. Title. 1 A MCMC Frog Preface The great stillness in these landscapes that once made me restless seeps into me day by day, and with it the unreasonable feeling that I have found what I was searching for without ever having discovered what it was.

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