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The Computational Beauty of Nature: Computer Explorations of Fractals, Chaos, Complex Systems, and Adaptation

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In this book Gary William Flake develops in depth the simple idea that recurrent rules can produce rich and complicated behaviors. Distinguishing "agents" (e.g., molecules, cells, animals, and species) from their interactions (e.g., chemical reactions, immune system responses, sexual reproduction, and evolution), Flake argues that it is the computational properties of interactions that account for much of what we think of as "beautiful" and "interesting." From this basic thesis, Flake explores what he considers to be today's four most interesting computational topics: fractals, chaos, complex systems, and adaptation.

Each of the book's parts can be read independently, enabling even the casual reader to understand and work with the basic equations and programs. Yet the parts are bound together by the theme of the computer as a laboratory and a metaphor for understanding the universe. The inspired reader will experiment further with the ideas presented to create fractal landscapes, chaotic systems, artificial life forms, genetic algorithms, and artificial neural networks.

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"This delightful book illustrates beautifully the paradigm shift in physics from writing equations and solving them to computer modeling and experimentation." Greg Chaitin, author of The Limits of Mathematics

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"This book is a delight." Barak Pearlmutter, University of New Mexico

Synopsis:

This work develops in depth the idea that recurrent rules can produce rich and complicated behaviours. Distinguishing "agents" from their interactions, it argues that it is the computational properties of interactions that account for much of what we think of as "beautiful" and "interesting".

Synopsis:

Each of the book's parts can be read independently, enabling even the casual reader to understand and work with the basic equations and programs. Yet the parts are bound together by the theme of the computer as a laboratory and a metaphor for understanding the universe. The inspired reader will experiment further with the ideas presented to create fractal landscapes, chaotic systems, artificial life forms, genetic algorithms, and artificial neural networks.

Synopsis:

Gary William Flake develops in depth the simple idea that recurrent rules can produce rich and complicated behaviors.

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"Simulation," writes Gary Flake in his preface, "becomes a form of experimentation in a universe of theories. The primary purpose of this book is to celebrate this fact."In this book, Gary William Flake develops in depth the simple idea that recurrent rules can produce rich and complicated behaviors. Distinguishing "agents" (e.g., molecules, cells, animals, and species) from their interactions (e.g., chemical reactions, immune system responses, sexual reproduction, and evolution), Flake argues that it is the computational properties of interactions that account for much of what we think of as "beautiful" and "interesting." From this basic thesis, Flake explores what he considers to be today's four most interesting computational topics: fractals, chaos, complex systems, and adaptation.Each of the book's parts can be read independently, enabling even the casual reader to understand and work with the basic equations and programs. Yet the parts are bound together by the theme of the computer as a laboratory and a metaphor for understanding the universe. The inspired reader will experiment further with the ideas presented to create fractal landscapes, chaotic systems, artificial life forms, genetic algorithms, and artificial neural networks.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262561273
Subtitle:
Computer Explorations of Fractals, Chaos, Complex Systems, and Adaptation
Author:
Flake, Gary William
Publisher:
A Bradford Book
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Computer Science
Subject:
Programming - General
Subject:
System analysis
Subject:
Electronic digital computers
Subject:
System Theory
Subject:
Computer simulation
Subject:
Personal Computers-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Computational Beauty of Nature
Publication Date:
20000127
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
520
Dimensions:
9 x 8 in

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Product details 520 pages MIT Press - English 9780262561273 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This delightful book illustrates beautifully the paradigm shift in physics from writing equations and solving them to computer modeling and experimentation." Greg Chaitin, author of The Limits of Mathematics
"Review" by , "This book is a delight."
"Synopsis" by , This work develops in depth the idea that recurrent rules can produce rich and complicated behaviours. Distinguishing "agents" from their interactions, it argues that it is the computational properties of interactions that account for much of what we think of as "beautiful" and "interesting".
"Synopsis" by , Each of the book's parts can be read independently, enabling even the casual reader to understand and work with the basic equations and programs. Yet the parts are bound together by the theme of the computer as a laboratory and a metaphor for understanding the universe. The inspired reader will experiment further with the ideas presented to create fractal landscapes, chaotic systems, artificial life forms, genetic algorithms, and artificial neural networks.
"Synopsis" by , Gary William Flake develops in depth the simple idea that recurrent rules can produce rich and complicated behaviors.
"Synopsis" by , "Simulation," writes Gary Flake in his preface, "becomes a form of experimentation in a universe of theories. The primary purpose of this book is to celebrate this fact."In this book, Gary William Flake develops in depth the simple idea that recurrent rules can produce rich and complicated behaviors. Distinguishing "agents" (e.g., molecules, cells, animals, and species) from their interactions (e.g., chemical reactions, immune system responses, sexual reproduction, and evolution), Flake argues that it is the computational properties of interactions that account for much of what we think of as "beautiful" and "interesting." From this basic thesis, Flake explores what he considers to be today's four most interesting computational topics: fractals, chaos, complex systems, and adaptation.Each of the book's parts can be read independently, enabling even the casual reader to understand and work with the basic equations and programs. Yet the parts are bound together by the theme of the computer as a laboratory and a metaphor for understanding the universe. The inspired reader will experiment further with the ideas presented to create fractal landscapes, chaotic systems, artificial life forms, genetic algorithms, and artificial neural networks.
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