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Simply Complexity

A Clear Guide to Complexity Theory

Neil Johnson

What do traffic jams, stock market crashes, and wars have in common? They are all explained using complexity, an unsolved puzzle that many researchers believe is the key to predicting – and ultimately solving—everything from terrorist attacks and pandemic viruses right down to rush hour traffic congestion.

Complexity is considered by many to be the single most important scientific development since general relativity and it promises to make sense of no less than the very heart of the Universe. Using it, scientists can find order emerging from seemingly random interactions of all kinds, from something as simple as flipping coins through to more challenging problems such as the patterns in modern jazz, the growth of cancer tumours, and predicting shopping habits.

  • Publication date: October 1, 2009
  • ISBN: 9781851686308
  • RRP: £10.99
  • Pages: 256
  • Publication date: October 1, 2009
  • ISBN: 9781780740492
  • RRP: £5.99
  • Pages: 256


"Johnson's book fills a long-overdue need for an engaging semipopular book about complexity science, one that is also strong on the underlying scientific and theoretical concepts." "Highly recommended."
"Neil Johnson has provided a readable account of the science of complexity"
Oxford Times

Neil Johnson

Neil Johnson is the head of a new inter-disciplinary research group in Complexity at University of Miami in Florida. Previously he was Professor of Physics and co-director of research collaboration into Complexity at Oxford University.

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