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Why Society Is a Complex Matter


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Society: a Complex Problem.- On the Road: Predicting traffic.- Every Move You Make: Patterns of crowd movement.- Making Your Mind Up: Norms and decisions.- Broken Windows: The spread and control of crime.- The Social Web: Networks and their failures.- Spreading It Around: Mobility, disease and epidemics.- After the Crash: Economic and financial systems.- Love Thy Neighbour: How to foster cooperation.- Living Cities: Urban development as a complex system.- The Transformation of War: Modelling modern conflict.- Towards a Living Earth Simulator: The FuturICT Project.

About the Author

Philip Ball http://www.philipball.co.uk/ is a very well known science writer, former editor for Nature, and author of many popular science books.


From the reviews:

"Phil Ball's little book is one of the best summaries I have come across on complexity theory and its applications. This little triumph of clarity argues that society's problems are those of highly connected systems. ... Nice gentle text. If are a newcomer to complexity sciences, then read this first." (Urban Models + Spatial Complexity + Smart Cities, August, 2012)

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