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The Engine of Complexity: Evolution as Computation

John Mayfield


The concepts of evolution and complexity theory have become part of the intellectual ether permeating the life sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, and, more recently, management science and economics. This book synthesizes core concepts from multiple disciplines to offer a new approach to understanding how evolution works and how complex organisms, structures, organizations, and social orders can and do arise based on information theory and computational science. This book challenges readers with a nuanced understanding of evolution and complexity that offers consistent, durable, and ... More

Keywords: evolution, complexity theory, complex organisms, social orders, information theory, computational science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231163040
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231163040.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Mayfield, author