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Emergence: From Chaos to Order


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List of illustrations; Preface; 1. Before we proceed; 2. Games and numbers; 3. Maps, game theory, and Computer-based modelling; 4. Checkers; 5. Neural nets; 6. Toward a general setting; 7. Constrained generating procedures; 8. Samuel's Checkersplayer; 9. Variation; 10. Levels of Description and Reduction; 11. Metaphor and Innovation; 12. Closing; References; Index.

About the Author

John H. Holland is Professor of Psychology and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a MacArthur Fellow, a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and is known world-wide as the 'father of genetic algorithms'. He is the author of the ground-breaking book Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity (Helix Books/Addison-Wesley).

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