My latest book is Complexity: A Guided Tour. It is my attempt to explain some of the most interesting topics in the sciences of complexity in a non-technical way, focusing on the current state of research, the intellectual history of the field, and the biggest open questions.
What inspires you to sit down and write?
I have always felt torn between two intellectual passions — literature and science — so combining these two interests seems natural. Even though I am a scientist by profession, I find that literature and writing come much more easily to me than math and science. Understanding scientific concepts at a deep level is always a struggle for me. But when I do finally grasp such concepts, I want to explain them to other people in the same terms in which I understand them, to show that these ideas are not so forbidding after all. Writing about science gives me the opportunity to do this, and in turn, it actually helps me understand the science better.
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