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Complexity Related Book Reviews

This page lists reviews of books written by complexity/systems people and by thinkers offering similar ideas.

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NOTE: Our own Group papers are located here: CALResCo Complexity Writings
Complexity papers and online books by other researchers are here: Online Papers.
Application oriented online papers are located on our Related Application Papers page.
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A Dynamic Systems Approach to Development by Linda B. Smith & Esther Thelen - reviewed by Jay Lemke
A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram reviewed by Ray Kurzweil
An Introduction to Multi-Agent Systems by MichaelWooldridge - reviewed by Duncan A. Robertson
Animal Social Complexity: Intelligence, Culture, and Individualized Societies by Frans B. M. de Waal & Peter L. Tyack (eds.) - reviewed by Danny Yee
Artificial Life by Christopher Langton - reviewed by Danny Yee
Artificial Minds by - Stan Franklin - reviewed by Ernie Jonker
At Home in the Universe: The Search for Laws of Complexity by Stuart A. Kauffman - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Attractors, Bifurcations and Chaos: Nonlinear Phenomena in Economics by Tönu Puu - reviewed by Alan Wilson
Being There: Putting Brain, Body and World Together Again by Andy Clark - reviewed by Anthony Chemero
Brainchildren by Daniel Dennett - reviewed by Cosma Shalizi
Bright Air, Brilliant Fire by Gerald E. Edelman - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Building a Win-Win World by Hazel Henderson - reviewed by Frances Hutchinson
Butterfly Economics: A New General Theory of Social and Economic Behaviour by Paul Ormerod - reviewed by Susan Stepney


Cellular Automata: A Discrete Universe by Andrew Ilachinski - reviewed by Cosma Shalizi & Cris Moore
Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick - reviewed by Shaun Calhoun
Chaos Theory Tamed by Garnett P. Williams - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Chaos, Fractals, and Noise: Stochastic Aspects of Dynamics by A. Lasota and M.C. Mackey - reviewed by Jaroslav Stark
Collected Works by Ken Wilber - reviewed by Christian de Quincey
Complex Adaptive Systems by H.G. Schuster reviewed by Rodney Weber
Complex Responsive Processes in Organizations. Learning and Knowledge Creation by Ralph D. Stacey - reviewed by Koen Frenken
Complexity: Hierarchical Structures and Scaling in Physics by Remo Badii & Antonio Politi - reviewed by Cosma Shalizi
Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Chaos and Order by M. Mitchell Waldrop - reviewed by Stewart Brand
Complexity and Ecosystem Management: the Theory and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems by Marco A. Janssen (ed.), - reviewed by Pietro Terna
Complexity and Postmodernism by Paul Cilliers - reviewed by David Byrne
Computer Modeling of Social Processes by Wim Liebrand, Andrzej Nowak & Rainer Hegselmann - reviewed by Warren Thorngate
Conceptual Foundations for Multidisciplinary Thinking by Stephen Jay Kline - reviewed by Peter Corning
Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology by Elliott Sober (ed.) - reviewed by Danny Yee
Connectionist Models of SocialReasoning and Social Behavior by Stephen J. Read & Lynn C. Miller - reviewed by Deborah Vakas-Duong
Coping with Chaos by Edward Ott, Tim Sauer & James A. Yorke (eds.) - reviewed by Frederick David Abraham
Cosmic Evolution: The Rise of Complexity in Nature by Eric J. Chaisson reviewed by Daniel W. McShea
Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another by Philip Ball - reviewed by Bruce Edmonds
Critical Phenomena in Natural Sciences by Didier Sornette - reviewed by Rodney Weber


Darwin's Black Box by Michael Behe - reviewed by Kenneth Miller
Darwinian Fairy Tales by David Stove - reviewed by David Fontana
Descartes' Error by Antonio Damasio - reviewed by Daniel Dennett
Dynamic Patterns: The Self-Organization of Brain and Behavior by J. A. Scott Kelso - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Elegant Technology by Jonathan Larson - reviewed by Jacob Crabbe
Emergence: From Chaos to Order by John Holland - reviewed by Cosma Shalizi
Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software by Steven Johnson - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Essays on Life Itself by Robert Rosen - reviewed by Donald C. Mikulecky
Evolutionary Art and Computers by Stephen Todd & William Latham - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Evolutionary Design by Computers by Peter J. Bentley (ed.) - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Evolutionary Game Theory by Jörgen Weibull - reviewed by Daniel Probst
Evolutionary Robotics by Stefano Nolfi & Dario Floriano - reviewed by Horatiu Voicu
Figments of Reality: The Origins of the Curious Mind by Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Foundations of Genetic Algorithms by Wolfgang Banzahf & Colin Reeves - reviewed by Brett Fishburne
Fractals for the Classroom by Hartmut Jürgens and Dietmar Saupe - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Fractals in Science by Armin Bunde & Shlomo Havlin (eds.) - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Fractals, Scaling and Growth Far From Equilibrium by P. Meakin - reviewed by Miroslav M. Novak
From Calculus to Chaos : An Introduction to Dynamics by David Acheson - reviewed by John Brindley
From Chaos to Order: Methodologies, Perspectives by G. Chen and X. Dong - reviewed by
Fuzzy Thinking by Bart Kosko - reviewed by Susan Stepney


Growing Artificial Societies: Social Science from the Bottom Up by Joshua M. Epstein & Robert Axtell - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Harnessing Complexity: Organizational Implications of a Scientific Frontier by Robert Axelrod & Michael D. Cohen - reviewed by Susan Stepney
How Nature Works: The Science of Self-Organized Criticality by Per Bak - reviewed by Susan Stepney
How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker - reviewed by Cosma Shalizi
How the Leopard Changed Its Spots: The Evolution of Complexity by Brian C. Goodwin - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Human Diversity by Richard Lewontin - reviewed by Danny Yee
In the Wake of Chaos by Stephen H. Kellert - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Induction: Processes of Inference, Learning, and Discovery by John Holland, Keith Holyoak, Richard Nisbett and Paul Thagard - reviewed by Cosma Shalizi
Innovation, Evolution and Complexity Theory by Koen Frenken - reviewed by Piergiuseppe Morone
Intensive Science & Virtual Philosophy by Manuel DeLanda - reviewed by John Protevi
Introduction to Artificial Life by Christoph Adami - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Introduction to Chaos by Hiroyuki Nagashima & Yoshikazu Baba - reviewed by Cliburn Chan
Investigations by Stuart A. Kauffman - reviewed by Susan Stepney
It Ain't Necessarily So by Richard Lewontin - reviewed by Danny Yee


Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff & Mark Johnson - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Microcosmos by Lynn Margulis & Dorion Sagan - reviewed by Andrew H. Knoll
Mind and Morals: Essays on Ethics and Cognitive Science by Larry May, Marilyn Friedman & Andy Clark (eds.) - reviewed by Danny Yee
Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity by Gregory Bateson - reviewed by Danny Yee
Mind as Motion: Explorations in the Dynamics of Cognition by Robert Port and Timothy van Gelder (eds.) - reviewed by Rick Grush
Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science by Andy Clark - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Modern Philosophy of Mind by William Lyons (ed.) - reviewed by Chris Eliasmith
Multi-Agent Systems and Applications by M. Luck, V. Marik, O. Štrpánková and R. Trappl - reviewed by Julia Frolova
Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawken, Hunter & Amory Lovins - reviewed by Steven Marx
Natures Magic: Synergy in Evolution and the Fate of Humankind by Peter Corning - reviewed by James Brody
Newton's Clock: Chaos in the Solar System by Ivars Peterson - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Non-Zero: The Logic of Human Destiny - by Robert Wright reviewed by J. Bradford DeLong
Nonlinear Dynamics by H.G. Solari, M.A. Natiello & G.B. Mindlin - reviewed by Jerry Huke
Nonlinear Time Series Analysis by H. Kantz and T. Schreiber - reviewed by Jaroslav Stark
Open Boundaries: Creating Business Innovation Through Complexity by Howard Sherman & Ron Schultz - reviewed by Chris Lucas
Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines by Kevin Kelly - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Pattern Formation out of Equilibrium by M.C. Cross and P. Hohenberg - reviewed by Cosma Shalizi
Physics of Fractal Operators by Bruce J West, Mauro Bologna & Paolo Grigolini - reviewed by Henrik Jensen


Random Dynamical Systems by Ludwig Arnold - reviewed by Jaroslav Stark
Reinventing Darwin: The Great Evolutionary Debate by Niles Eldredge - reviewed by Danny Yee
Reputation in Artificial Societies: Social Beliefs for Social Order by Rosaria Conte & Mario Paolucci reviewed by Flaminio Squazzoni
Selection Theory and Social Construction: The Evolutionary Naturalistic Epistemology of Donald Campbell by Cecilia Heyes & David Hull - reviewed by Bruce Edmonds
Self-Organized Criticality: Emergent Complex Behaviour in Physical and Biological Systems by Henrik Jeldtoft Jensen - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Self-Organizing Maps by Teuvo Kohonen - reviewed by Hisao Miyano and Elie Sanchez
Shifting the Patterns: Breaching the Memetic Codes of Corporate Performance by If Price and Ray Shaw - reviewed by Paul Marsden (authors' reply)
Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age by Duncan J. Watts reviewed by Prabhakar Raghavan
Social Emergence: Societies as Complex Systems by Keith R. Sawyer - reviewed by Edmund Chattoe
Species: New Interdisciplinary Papers by Robert Wilson - reviewed by Danny Yee
Spiral Dynamics by Don Beck & Chris Cowan - reviewed by Steve Dinan
Sudden Origins by Jeffrey Schwartz - reviewed by Carl Resler
Swarm Intelligence by James Kennedy & Russell C. Eberhart - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Sync: Rhythms of Nature, Rhythms of Ourselves by Steven H. Strogatz - reviewed by Susan Stepney
System Effects: Complexity in Political and Social Life by Robert Jervis - reviewed by Scott Page
Systemantics: How Systems Work... and Especially How They Fail by John Gall - reviewed by Anthony Judge


Tending Adam's Garden: Evolving the Cognitive Immune Self by Irun R. Cohen - reviewed by Susan Stepney
The Cerebral Code: Thinking a Thought in the Mosaics of the Mind by William Calvin - reviewed by Danny Yee
The Collapse of Chaos: Simple Laws in a Complex World by Jack Cohen & Ian Stewart - reviewed by Susan Stepney
The Complexity of Cooperation by Robert Axelrod - reviewed by Ken Binmore
The Computational Beauty of Nature by Gary William Flake - reviewed by Danny Yee
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan - reviewed by Alexander Stroup
The Dynamics of Evolution by Albert Somit & Steven A. Peterson - reviewed by Danny Yee
The Eco Principle: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis by Arthur Lyon Dahl - reviewed by Brad Pokorny
The Emotional Brain by Joseph LeDoux - reviewed by Keith Oatley
The Engine of Reason, The Seat of the Soul: A Philosophical Journey into the Brain by Paul Churchland - reviewed by Danny Yee
The Evolution of Complexity, by Means of Natural Selection by John Tyler Bonner - reviewed by Cosma Shalizi
The Extended Phenotype by Richard Dawkins - reviewed by Cosma Shalizi
The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization by Peter Senge - reviewed by J. Fullerton
The Garden in the Machine: The Emerging Science of Artificial Life by Claus Emmeche - reviewed by Susan Stepney
The Global Dynamics of Cellular Automata by Andrew Wuensche & Mike Lesser - reviewed by Stuart Kauffman
The Hidden Connections – Integrating the Biological, Cognitive and Social Dimensions of Life into a Science of Sustainability by Frijtof Capra - reviewed by Philip S. Wenz
The Major Transitions in Evolution by John Maynard Smith Eors Szathmary - reviewed by Danny Yee
The Meme Machine by Susan Blackmore - reviewed by Susan Stepney
The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul by Douglas R. Hofstadter & Daniel C. Dennett - reviewed by Susan Stepney
The Nature of Selection: Evolutionary Theory in Philosophical Focus by Elliott Sober - reviewed by Danny Yee
The Origin of Animal Body Plans. A Study in Evolutionary Developmental Biology by Wallace Arthur - reviewed by Gert Korthof
The Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution by Stuart Kauffman - reviewed by Reilly Jones
The Origin of Species Revisited by Donald Forsdyke - reviewed by Gert Korthof
The Philosophy of Artificial Life by Margaret A. Boden (ed.) - reviewed by Susan Stepney
The Predictors: How a Band of Maverick Physicists Set Out to Beat Wall Street by Thomas A. Bass - reviewed by H. Van Dyke Parunak
The Principles of Life by Tibor Gánti - reviewed by Gert Korthof
The Quark and the Jaguar by Murray Gell-Mann - reviewed by Susan Stepney
The Self-Made Tapestry by Philip Ball - reviewed by Cosma Shalizi
The Shape of Life: Genes, Development, and the Evolution of Animal Form by Rudolf A. Raff - reviewed by Walter Cressler
The Structure of Evolutionary Theory by Stephen Jay Gould - reviewed by Gert Korthof
The Symbolic Species by Terrence Deacon - reviewed by Anthony Campbell
The Unknowable by Gregory Chaitin reviewed by Robert S. MacKay
The Web of Life by Frijtof Capra - reviewed by Philip S. Wenz
Three Dialogues on Knowledge by Paul Feyerabend - reviewed by Danny Yee


Ubiquity: The Science of History by Mark Buchanan - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Unified Theories of Cognition by Allen Newell - reviewed by Daniel Dennett
Weak Links: Stabilizers of Complex Systems from Proteins to Social Networks by Peter Csermely - reviewed by Makany Tamas
Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things by George Lakoff - reviewed by Susan Stepney
Would-Be Worlds: How Simulation is Changing the Frontiers of Science by John Casti - reviewed by Robert Andersen

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