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  • Title: The Recursive Universe: Cosmic Complexity and the Limits of Scientific Knowledge
  • Author: William Poundstone
  • ISBN: 9780809252022
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback

  • Fascinating journey explores key concepts in information theory in terms of Conway s Game of Life program Topics include the limits of knowledge, paradox of complexity, Maxwell s demon, Big Bang theory, much 1985 edition.
    William Poundstone
    William Poundstone is the author of than ten non fiction books, including Fortune s Formula , which was the Editors Pick for 1 non fiction book of 2005 Poundstone has written for The New York Times, Psychology Today, Esquire, Harpers, The Economist, and Harvard Business Review He has appeared on the Today Show, The David Letterman Show and hundreds of radio talk shows throughout the world Poundstone studied physics at MIT and many of his ideas concern the social and financial impact of scientific ideas His books have sold over half a million copies worldwide.


    Peter Mcloughlin
    I have enjoyed Poundstone's book prisoner's dilemma. I really enjoyed this one too. Conway explores complexity, life and its fate, the laws of physics, the possibility of machines that make even more complex machines and how complexity can bootstrap itself with simple rules into ever growing intricacy. The book starts out with Johnny Von Neumann in the 1950s when he hit upon the idea of a machine that can make copies of it self from the environment and the possibility that such a machine could m [...]

    Kara Godsey
    This is one of those books that I refer to as "everything books." That is, the contents of such a book are hardly restricted to one topic alone. Poundstone starts the book off by introducing the reader to the game of Life, a computer game create by Conway in the fifties, that is supposed to simulate the growth of bacteria. If I remember correctly, at least. The game is not necessarily complex, as much as it is merely expansive. The rules are simple but the possibilities of the outcome are enormo [...]

    Gabriel Pinkus
    I read all of this except for most of chapter 12, which was a bit above my head I find the subject matter to be fascinating - I think it ties in a lot with a book I'm looking forward to reading this next year, A New Kind Of Science by Dr. Wolfram.Essentially, this is a book about how simple rules can create extreme complexity, and it's about a computer/logic game called Life in which there are some very simple rules but these rules create a universe of complexity, chaos, and organization to stud [...]

    يوصل تأمل بروفسورات البرمجة لمحاكاة نشوء الحياة والنظام الفيزيائي والمتطور من العدم.واضح أن الكتاب نتيجة سنين من السهر و Cannabis & (Life) game

    I read 'The Recursive Universe' after finishing one of Poundstone's other novels 'Fortune's Formula'. The book is a detailed view of cosmic order and gives a foundation for the (currently) intractable question of whether life/human existence can be synthesized into two fundamental physical constants know as the the Grand Unified Theory (reductionist). The notion of whether life, while seeming arbitrary, is therefore inevitable hinges on the answer of whether increasing complexity can grow recurs [...]

    Brian Powell
    Where does the perceived complexity of the universe come from? Surely from something equally as complex. Or are there exceptions? Consider the irrational number pi; to all appearances, an infinite string of unpredictable numbers -- mathematically indistinguishable from a random and meaningless collection of bits. But unlike a an infinite random string of numbers, pi can be completely encoded succinctly in the form of a recursive relation with only two terms - all that complexity reduced to a sim [...]

    Ed Terrell
    Interesting and detailed look into the software program based on cellular automata called "the Game of Life" by John Conway. "Life" emulates real life such as DNA and RNA, by showing how complex patterns can be created by a set of simple rules and chance starting patterns. This program was an outcome of some of John Von Neumann ideas and earlier developments by Stan Ulam at Los Alamos in the 1950s. The book alternates chapters on "Life" with those on complexity, Maxwell's Demon,entropy,and self- [...]

    Nick Black
    2008-11-30. Apparently out of print, but I found a beat-up hardback for less than $5, so all's well. I'm sure I've heard of this before; it's reviewed like a cult classic, ala Minsky'sPerceptronsor Wilson'sConsilience: The Unity of Knowledge , the latter of which I enjoyed very much. Hopefully it'll arrive soon, as I intend to get a lot of reading done between the end of finals and the new year!

    This books explains the complexity of our universe by using Cornway's Game of Life to show how massive complexity emerges from simple recursive rules. Before reading this book, I had a cursory knowledge of the Game of Life but I was unaware of the sophisticated constructs possible. It also touches on topics like reductionism, information theory, entropy and the limits of empirical knowledge, the origins of the cosmos, the possibility of machines that could replicate itself or make even more comp [...]

    Francisco Peredo
    Chaos: Complexity from simplicityI have been thinking for day about the fundamental question: is it possible to extract complexity from simplicity? This book, through the use of simulation answer affirmatively: you can do it if you use recursion and if you allow for randomness to create a simple computer to you a fascinating read on how information theory could be the grand unified theory that physics has been searching for

    This book tells about the Game of Life and John von Neumann's self-reproducing automata accurately enough, as far as I can tell, but when Poundstone talks about Maxwell's demon it is clear that he has never heard of Rolf Landauer's explanation of the demon's impossibility made 24 years earlier. Isn't it lame when a popular science writer isn't aware of 24-year-old science?

    Perhaps my favorite science book of all time. It covers the basics of information theory, combinatorics, physics, computing, etc. in a way that is just thrilling. Great timing now too, this book is recently back in print!

    Mattias Lundell
    Self reproducing patterns The future is here.

    Olle Jonsson
    Glorious book. An adventure.

    along the lines of Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time', with a lot more computer jargon.

    Deeply engrossing science. His description of the ultimate fate of the universe is the high point of the book.

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