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by Gary William Flake

Category: Mathematics
Subcategory: Science books
Author: Gary William Flake
ISBN: 0262062003
ISBN13: 978-0262062008
Language: English
Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (July 10, 1998)
Pages: 492
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In this book, Gary William Flake develops in depth the simple idea that recurrent rules can produce rich and .

In this book, Gary William Flake develops in depth the simple idea that recurrent rules can produce rich and complicated behaviors. Distinguishing "agents" (. molecules, cells, animals, and species) from their interactions (.

This Computational Beauty of Nature (CBofN) covered a lot of topics. IMHO this book should be part of every US high school or undergradate Science/Math curriculum, and would be worth twice the price

This Computational Beauty of Nature (CBofN) covered a lot of topics. Ranged from brief introduction to Computation Theory, Fractals, Chaos, Complexity, Adaptation. See the Table of Content for more details). All topics are written in surprisingly clear and very understandable manner. With as little Math as possible. IMHO this book should be part of every US high school or undergradate Science/Math curriculum, and would be worth twice the price. The author's enthusiasm is infectious, his writing style very clear, and his material well cited.

To the computer scientist, fractals offer a rich environment in which to explore, create, and build a new visual world as an artist creating a new work. To the student, fractals bring mathematics out of past history and into the twenty-first century.

In this book Gary William Flake develops in depth the simple idea that recurrent rules can produce rich and . From this basic thesis, Flake explores what he considers to be today's four most interesting computational topics: fractals, chaos, complex systems, and adaptation.

In this book Gary William Flake develops in depth the simple idea that recurrent rules can produce rich and complicated behaviors. chemical reactions, Gary William Flake develops in depth the simple idea that recurrent rules can produce rich and complicated behaviors. In this book Gary William Flake develops in depth the simple idea that recurrent rules can produce rich and complicated behaviors.

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Computer Explorations of Fractals, Chaos, Complex Systems, and Adaptation. By Gary William Flake. I recently became interested a lot in Nature. Especially, being someone in the field of Computer Science, the computational aspect.

DM Pennock, GW Flake, S Lawrence, EJ Glover, CL Giles. Proceedings of the national academy of sciences 99 (8), 5207-5211, 2002.

The computational beauty of nature: Computer explorations of fractals, chaos, complex systems, and adaptation. DM Pennock, GW Flake, S Lawrence, EJ Glover, CL Giles. Graph clustering and minimum cut trees. GW Flake, RE Tarjan, K Tsioutsiouliklis. Internet Mathematics 1 (4), 385-408, 2004. Using web structure for classifying and describing web pages. EJ Glover, K Tsioutsiouliklis, S Lawrence, DM Pennock, GW Flake. Proceedings of the 11th international conference on World Wide Web, 562-569, 2002.

From this basic thesis, Flake explores what he considers to be today's four most interesting computational topics: fractals, chaos, complex systems, and adaptation. Each of the book's parts can be read independently, enabling even the casual reader to understand and work with the basic equations and programs. The Computational Beauty of Nature: Computer Explorations of Fractals, Chaos, Complex Systems and Adaptation. oceedings{Flake1998TheCB, title {The Computational Beauty of Nature: Computer Explorations of Fractals, Chaos, Complex Systems and Adaptation}, author {Gary William Flake}, year {1998} }.

Honorable Mention, 1998, category of Computer Science, Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc. "Simulation," writes Gary Flake in his preface, "becomes a form of experimentation in a universe of theories. The primary purpose of this book is to celebrate this fact." In this book, Gary William Flake develops in depth the simple idea that recurrent rules can produce rich and complicated behaviors. Distinguishing "agents" (e.g., molecules, cells, animals, and species) from their interactions (e.g., chemical reactions, immune system responses, sexual reproduction, and evolution), Flake argues that it is the computational properties of interactions that account for much of what we think of as "beautiful" and "interesting." From this basic thesis, Flake explores what he considers to be today's four most interesting computational topics: fractals, chaos, complex systems, and adaptation. Each of the book's parts can be read independently, enabling even the casual reader to understand and work with the basic equations and programs. Yet the parts are bound together by the theme of the computer as a laboratory and a metaphor for understanding the universe. The inspired reader will experiment further with the ideas presented to create fractal landscapes, chaotic systems, artificial life forms, genetic algorithms, and artificial neural networks.
Comments to eBook The Computational Beauty of Nature: Computer Explorations of Fractals, Chaos, Complex Systems, and Adaptation
Tane
What a wonderful book! It's hard to finish because every few pages makes me want to code something in processing. I'm a good portion through the fractals section, which was what made me decide to get the book.
I love Mercedes
I recently became interested a lot in Nature. Especially, being someone in the field of Computer Science, the computational aspect. And this book is by far one of my favourite among all the "How Nature Works" kind of books I've read.
This Computational Beauty of Nature (CBofN) covered a lot of topics. Ranged from brief introduction to Computation Theory, Fractals, Chaos, Complexity, Adaptation. (See the Table of Content for more details).
All topics are written in surprisingly clear and very understandable manner. With as little Math as possible. (From my opinion, these topics cannot be completely understood without Mathematics -- The Language of Nature). Therefore, it is also accessible to layperson.
This book does not, however, go so deep into each subject. (You won't expect it to do that with its less-than 500 pages, don't you? :-) Instead, it does give nice backgrounds, fundamental knowledge, and important ideas for each. So, if you are interesting in any of the subjects presented here, you can go on to the more specialized books on your own.
One of the nicest feature of this book, which can hardly be found in other text, is that the it does show how things work together, where and why. For example, natural phenomena like adaptation, evolution, computation, and some other things else related to each other. How can one view this from that perspective, and vice versa. etc.
One other nice feature of this book is, you can really play with almost all concepts using a number of computer programs. All the programs are downloadable (with source code, under GNU license) from the book's homepage. So, you can reproduce almost all the figures from the book.
However, for one thing, the homepage address given in the book, in the edition/printing I have is incorrect. Maybe MIT Press had changed the structure of their website or something...
...you can still search for it using your favourite web-search engine.
About the website, all the good things are there as well, including errata. (Of course, Perfect things are very rare in Nature... So, books with some errors are ok. The thing that matter is the authors know it/admit it and tell the readers or not).
Conclusion: If you want to understand "How Nature Works" from the computational point of view. If you interested in Chaos theory, Fractals and Complexity. Then, make no mistake, you can't go wrong with this one. (And, get the hardcover edition, because you will read it, read it, read it again, and keep refering to it. So the paperback edition probably can't endure that :-)
I want to give it more stars if I only could. This book will always get the highest rating possible from me wherever and whenever I review it.
Nature herself is so beautiful. So, it's time to get to know her, to learn about her and to understand her! And this book just did it, in such a way that can hardly be better!
Alsanadar
IMHO this book should be part of every US high school or undergradate Science/Math curriculum, and would be worth twice the price. The author's enthusiasm is infectious, his writing style very clear, and his material well cited. He also maintains a website with free software downloads that illustrate the many mind expanding (w/o drugs! (-:) concepts discussed. Although thanks to magazines like Wired (minus its aggressive leftist politics and more aggressive BB censoring)the sciences have become "cooler." Nevertheless, there is still A LOT of work to do, and damage to be undone, from academically inferior and unenthusiastic so called math/science "teachers" in US schools. I don't usually rate books five stars, but I am rating this one a big FIVE stars.
Uleran
I saw this book recommended by another author and have found it very intriguing. The subject is aesthetically pleasing in its own right.
Granirad
A beutiful book on complex systems. Clearly written with simulation code made freely available.
Welahza
good
krot
This book covers a lot of topics but it hits the interesting points in enough detail to be satisfying. It's a great way to find new topics to explore.
Granted you can find most of this info elsewhere but still this is a great read. Well written, a nice collection of material, and downloadable source code. I found it to be a very inspiring book.
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