Complexity and the Arrow of Time

2014.11.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Charles H. Lineweaver, Paul C. W. Davies, and Michael Ruse (eds.), Complexity and the Arrow of Time, Cambridge University Press,
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2014.11.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Charles H. Lineweaver, Paul C. W. Davies, and Michael Ruse (eds.), Complexity and the Arrow of Time, Cambridge University Press, 2013, 357pp., $30.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107027251. Reviewed by James Ladyman, University of Bristol This is a rich collection of essays on various aspects of complexity science, and I strongly recommend it to philosophers interested in the frontiers of scientific thought about cosmology, evolution and information. Those interested in emergence and reduction will find much relevant material. There are many issues concerning complex systems that cry out for conceptual clarification, and popular and scientific discussions are replete with arguments in need of scrutiny. It is often said that what characterizes twenty-first century science is complexity and the failure of reductive methods, and that complex systems involve novel forms of emergence. Whether there is any truth to these. . .

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