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Sunday, August 26, 2007

The New Sciences - Books that layman should read

The last two decades have suddenly changed the view of Science itself. It is not perfect geometries, perfect linear artificial objects, unidimensional man-made static world of artificial objects, but the really messy, uncertain, undeterministic, sochastic, non-linear, curvy, continuously evolving world that New Science is trying to understand - through modeling the non-linearity in dynamic computer models of reality.

Chaos theory rooted in physics and chemistry tells us why Uncertainty is the new reality. Bringing the Hiesenberg Undertainty Principle to the center of this science. Chaos is what we should be aware of - with its unseen abilities to create futures that are indetermistic - a small variation in initial conditions of a system can lead to diametrically opposite behaviours or more interestingly unknow behaviour of the system in future.

Complexity Theory rooted in Biology tells us, what are the possibilities in such a complex. How the complex system works and evolves.

Well, if you are interested - and mind you, you have to study the new science -as in schools they are not teaching it so far (oh what a pity!!!) - Please go through some of the books that may help you make sense (with as less maths as possible) (the order of the list below is random- you can start reading from any book) -

Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos
Chaos: Making a New Science
Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software
Emergence: From Chaos to Order
Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order
Order Out of Chaos
A New Kind of Science
The Fractal Geometry of Nature
Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization, and Machine Learning
Ant Colony Optimization
An Introduction to General Systems Thinking
The Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind
Cybernetics, Second Edition: or the Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern
The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living

In the above list I am missing out many books of great authors, Nevertheless, this is a good sample to cover the New Science from multiple perspectives... Will add more to the list.. may be in the next post... Enjoy and Thrive in the New Science!!!!
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