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Emergence: Books


Biology 361 = Computer Science 361
Bryn Mawr College, Spring 2009

Relevant Books

(additional suggestions welcome in the forum area below)

  • K. Anthony Appiah Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, 2006
  • Robert Axelrod, The Complexity of Cooperation, 1997; The Evolution of Cooperation, 1984.
  • Per Bak, How Nature Works, 1999
  • Catherine Bateson, Composing a Life, 2001
  • Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Linked, 2003
  • Valentino Braitenberg, Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology, 1986
  • Mark Buchanan, Nexus, 2002
  • Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, 1996
  • Daniel Dennett, Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life, 1996
  • Malcom Gladwell, The Tipping Point, 2000
  • Malcolm Gladwell, Blink, 2005
  • John Holland, Emergence: From Chaos to Order, 1999
  • Jane JacobsThe Death and Life of Great American Cities, 1992; The Nature of Economies, 2001
  • Douglas Hofstader, Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, 1999
  • Steven Johnson, Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Softward, 2001
  • Stuart Kauffman, The Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution, 1993; At Home in the Universe, 1996
  • Evely Fox Keller Making Sense of Life: Explaining Development with Models, Metaphors, and Machines, 2003
  • Resnick, Mitchell, Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams, 1997
  • Steven Strogatz, Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order, 2003
  • Yi-Fu Tuan, Topophilia: A Study of Environmental Perception, Attitudes, and Values, 1990
  • R. Mitchell Waldrop, Complexity, 1992
  • Duncan Watts, Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age, 2004


drichard's picture

a suggestion for those interested in music

I read This Is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin last year. It was rather informative. I suggest it for those looking to further understand the way music hits the brain. Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks is supposed to be another good one. They have it in the Haverford bookstore. I may read that one.

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