Explains how scientists who study complexity are convinced that certain constant processes are at work in all kinds of unrelated complex systems


10 thoughts on “Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity

  1. Dan Needles Dan Needles says:

    Short, quick read The opening is worth the read as it provides a system perspective of the world where pattern rather than substance defines reality or at least is the only conduit through which reality can be experienced Specifically interactions in space and time render meaning to objects and we do not experience the objects themselves per se but rather interpolate they exist from myriad of interactions with the same location in space over time using diverse sensory experiences The book the Short, quick read The opening is worth the read as it provides a system perspective of the world where pattern rather than substance defines reality or at least is the only conduit through which reality can be experienced Specifically interactions in space and time render meaning to objects and we do not experience the objects themselves per se but rather interpolate they exist from myriad of interactions with the same location in space over time using diverse sensory experiences The book then spills into a discussion of genetic programming which is markedly less creative modeling completely after DNA This part of the books is quite dated and to be honest after a while I just skimmed over That said, the opening alone is worth the read and merits the 5 star rating


  2. Jimmy Ele Jimmy Ele says:

    I picked this up hoping for it to shed some light on complex adaptive systems, in particular how adaptation builds complexity What I read instead was a book that was unfocused, unclear and rushed Instead of taking the proper time to explain the nuances of the theory, John H Holland instead assumes everyone already knows what he s talking about and then proceeds to explain things in a rushed and unfocused manner I do not recommend this book to anyone, as it did not shed anylight on the I picked this up hoping for it to shed some light on complex adaptive systems, in particular how adaptation builds complexity What I read instead was a book that was unfocused, unclear and rushed Instead of taking the proper time to explain the nuances of the theory, John H Holland instead assumes everyone already knows what he s talking about and then proceeds to explain things in a rushed and unfocused manner I do not recommend this book to anyone, as it did not shed anylight on the ideas behind complexity or in particular complex adaptive systems


  3. Peter S Peter S says:

    A great book, but difficult to review This book raises hundreds of interesting questions but answers very few If you liked Anti fragile Taleb , the Misbehavior of Markets Mandlebrot , or the Selfish Gene Dawkins you ll probably like this as well I also think reading Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows before reading this was helpful If you read books to settle scores, however, you won t like this at all.


  4. Denise Denise says:

    No fat, bare bones book If it had not been for other books that I ve read on complexity, chaos, and emergence, I might have been lost Overall, good read and fairly easy to get through.


  5. Franck Chauvel Franck Chauvel says:

    J Holland describes the key properties and mechanisms of complex adaptive systems CAS These mechanisms are the presence of building blocks, tagging, and internal models Properties are aggregation, nonlinearity flows and diversity He then describes a thought experiment to reproduce morphogenesis the emergence of specialisation and aggregation through evolution only.I found the text easy to read, easier for instance than Complex Adaptive Systems An Introduction to Computational Models of J Holland describes the key properties and mechanisms of complex adaptive systems CAS These mechanisms are the presence of building blocks, tagging, and internal models Properties are aggregation, nonlinearity flows and diversity He then describes a thought experiment to reproduce morphogenesis the emergence of specialisation and aggregation through evolution only.I found the text easy to read, easier for instance than Complex Adaptive Systems An Introduction to Computational Models of Social Life As this is mainly a thought experiment, it leaves me a bit frustrated, but I guess Holland s recent books are worth reading, especially Emergence From Chaos To Order or Signals and Boundaries Building Blocks for Complex Adaptive Systems


  6. Luke Luke says:

    Curious 1995 introduction to complex adaptive systems from the human body immune system to cities and economies , the second half is a semi interesting detailed overview of computer modeling a genetically evolved agent system to understand thesedirectly than where the author feels mathematical modeling was struggling to deal with the non linearity and hierarchical relational aspects of these systems.


  7. Andrei Savu Andrei Savu says:

    Good back to the basics read on properties and mechanisms that describe complex adaptive systems and adaptive agents Many problems in this category are now tackled as part of the work being done on reinforcement learning and artificial intelligence Amazing to see how in the past 5 10 years we moved from research into a series of impactful practical applications.


  8. Matías Aranguiz Matías Aranguiz says:

    Really interesting topic, not very well writtten book.


  9. Pedro Pedro says:

    Eu li a vers o portuguesa da Gradiva.Estamos perante um tratado extraordin rio sobre a complexidade O autor consegue, numa linguagem acess vel, transmitir o state of the art em 1995 sobre este fen meno que um dos mist rios que a ci ncia ainda n o conseguiu explicar nem caracterizar O autor defende que, atrav s de regras e processos simples, descritos em detalhe, a adapta o gera a complexidade O nico ponto menos forte da obra o detalhe e as p ginas dedicadas a certos pontos que n o ir Eu li a vers o portuguesa da Gradiva.Estamos perante um tratado extraordin rio sobre a complexidade O autor consegue, numa linguagem acess vel, transmitir o state of the art em 1995 sobre este fen meno que um dos mist rios que a ci ncia ainda n o conseguiu explicar nem caracterizar O autor defende que, atrav s de regras e processos simples, descritos em detalhe, a adapta o gera a complexidade O nico ponto menos forte da obra o detalhe e as p ginas dedicadas a certos pontos que n o ir o interessar ao comum dos leitores.Aconselho a todos os que queiram aprender sobre sistemas complexos e adaptativos


  10. Jiliac Jiliac says:

    I m going to give a 5 stars rating to this book because its first half and conclusion are worth it Introduction to Complex Adaptive Systems CAS , their properties, and mechanisms to to understand them I was quite surprised to read a book that is almost a quarter of century old and still very relevant as an introduction to the field It speaks of the vision of the author The two tiers theory theories of different scales hinted at the end looks very promising as well.Chapters 3 and 4, abou I m going to give a 5 stars rating to this book because its first half and conclusion are worth it Introduction to Complex Adaptive Systems CAS , their properties, and mechanisms to to understand them I was quite surprised to read a book that is almost a quarter of century old and still very relevant as an introduction to the field It speaks of the vision of the author The two tiers theory theories of different scales hinted at the end looks very promising as well.Chapters 3 and 4, about the Echo model, were unconvincing to me because of the lack experimental data I guess there was some progress since then