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The Computational Beauty of Nature By Gary William Flake

The Computational Beauty of Nature
by Gary William Flake

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Gary William Flake develops in depth the simple idea that recurrent rules can produce rich and complicated behaviors.
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The Computational Beauty of Nature: Computer Explorations of Fractals, Chaos, Complex Systems, and Adaptation by Gary William Flake

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. 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.

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The Computational Beauty of Nature Reviews


"This book is a delight." Barak Pearlmutter , University of New Mexico "This delightful book illustrates beautifully the paradigm shift inphysics from writing equations and solving them to computer modelingand experimentation." Greg Chaitin , author of The Limits of Mathematics

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GOR004694064
The Computational Beauty of Nature: Computer Explorations of Fractals, Chaos, Complex Systems, and Adaptation by Gary William Flake
Gary William Flake
A Bradford Book
Used - Very Good
Paperback
MIT Press Ltd
2000-01-27
520
0262561271
9780262561273
Winner of <PrizeName>Honorable Mention, 1998, category of Computer Science, Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc.</PrizeName> 1998
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