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The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 15. September 1995

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"An exhilarating voyage of learning. Not a sparrow takes wing, not an idea rises, not a quark quivers that does not inspire Murray Gell-Mann. He has made his life an adventuresome quest along the frontiers of knowledge."--Bill Moyers
"A stimulating, provocative, and uncommon cut across compartments of human knowledge that are usually hermetically sealed. It is always a pleasure to see a first-class mind grappling with the greatest mysteries, and at the same time resisting mysticism."--Carl Sagan
"A grand tour of one of the most powerful and richly structured adaptive systems of our time: the mind of Murray Gell-Mann. The tour is very much worth taking."--"Science"
"A most important book."--"The Washington Post"
"A book about how the wonderful diversity of the universe can arise out of a set of fairly simple basic laws. It is written by an expert in both the fundamental laws and the complex structures they can produce."--Stephen W. Hawking


An exhilarating voyage of learning. Not a sparrow takes wing, not an idea rises, not a quark quivers that does not inspire Murray Gell-Mann. He has made his life an adventuresome quest along the frontiers of knowledge. "Bill Moyers"

A stimulating, provocative, and uncommon cut across compartments of human knowledge that are usually hermetically sealed. It is always a pleasure to see a first-class mind grappling with the greatest mysteries, and at the same time resisting mysticism. "Carl Sagan"

A grand tour of one of the most powerful and richly structured adaptive systems of our time: the mind of Murray Gell-Mann. The tour is very much worth taking. "Science"

A most important book. "The Washington Post"

A book about how the wonderful diversity of the universe can arise out of a set of fairly simple basic laws. It is written by an expert in both the fundamental laws and the complex structures they can produce. "Stephen W. Hawking""

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In "A Brief History of Time" Stephen Hawking described our attempts to formulate the physical laws of the universe. In this work, Nobel Laureate, Gell-Mann, argues that this is only the beginning of what we need to know about our world and ourselves. What if we know those laws? What next? Seeking a unified theory of all matter, whether it is the structure of galaxies or the moment of creative thought in the human mind, this book defines the underlying unity in such diverse fields as linguistics, archaeology, economics and politics. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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How do you file a book like "The Quark and the Jaguar?" I could file it with books discussing quantum physics. That would certainly be appropriate. Then, again, I could file it with books on evolution. That would be equally appropriate. But then I might decide to file it in the section on public policy toward the environment, and environmental protection. Certainly, that is an appropriate place for this book. But wait. It also belongs in the section dealing with artificial intelligence and complex adaptive systems. So, where would you put it? I'm still not sure.
Murray Gell-Mann's "The Quark and the Jaguar" takes us on a whirlwind tour from the "simple" construct of quantum physics to the complex adaptive system in a coat of spots moving stealthily through the forest in search of game. Through all this, Gell-Mann ties the entire tapestry into the unifying concepts of complex adaptive systems leaving the reader in awe at the wonder and complexity that arises from the natural evolutionary processes governing the universe in which we live.
The book is organized in four parts. The first is a general-purpose section that discusses everything from information theory to the scientific method and the power of scientific theories. It's always a pleasure to read a description of science and the scientific method from a leading scientist such as Gell-Mann. The sections dealing with falsifiability, selection pressure on the scientific enterprise, unifying characteristics of scientific theories, and the power of theory give a clear and illuminating explanation of the essence of science.
The second part of the book deals with quantum physics.
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The author presents a background in quantum mechanics(QM) with its obvious offspring of chaos theory well within the grasp of an interested layman in how the laws of physics in a non mathematical presentation effect varied disciplines and life itself.
The book in itself is a very interesting presentation of a particle physicist life in a somewhat auto biographical prose. There are numerous experiences which deal with creativity, the scientific method, and facing social and cultural obstacles.
Life of an individual and the community is analyzed within the context of QM as a framework for explaining its simplicity and how complexity arises from an apparent chaos. The chaos is the limitations that all humans and organisms face in their interpretation of the information within their immediate enviroment in their quest for survival and reproduction.
Discussed is the consilience of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, philosophy, psychology, and socialogy by means of institutes like Santa Fe and other similar organizations throughout the world where scientists exchange varied inputs of their specific expertise. Some of these excerpts of how experts meet and discuss ideas is very stimulating. These institutes foster so called crazy ideas. The author digresses into past history of crazy ideas and finds a few of those as normal in today's context.
The book is a fairly easy read. It is lengthy with chapters appearing to be a bore except in later chapters the reference to past readings suddenly become very interesting. The reader should give the author leeway in these slow developing chapters.
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Whean a scientist reaches to a certain calibre, the fields of knowledge begin to converge and get integrated..same is the case with Mr. Gell-mann.., In this bookm I have found new paths to discover and new challenges to ponder..The balance between the chaos and order, the simple and the complex is the key to survival for a dynamic complex adaptive system..,the fundamental question is "Why and What I am doing on this planet Earth." Gell-mann has effectively tried to explain the relation between all complex systems including humans as we call from the simplest scale to the most complex one..from the shortest particle to the expanding universe..
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This book contains nothing really new, neither is very funny and nor will the language make it a classic. Still, this is one of those books that make a difference. Many young scientists will read this book and many will be sceptical. However, some of them will also become intrigued and fascinated by the potential of complexity theory which is so well mediated by Gell-Mann. Some of these may eventually change the world...
I will not be surprised the day when a laureate, that just received the prize from the hands of the swedish royalties, tells us:
- It all started when I read Gell-Mann's book about complexity. I just couldn't get it out of my head...
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Gell-Mann writes that this is his first and only book -- and that he came to write it to express to a wider audience his ruminations on "complex adaptive systems" (a phrase he seems happy to repeat again and again ...) and their relation to the fundamental world of physics. In this he fails, for his main points (which he has a hard time presenting concisely) are -- quite frankly -- rather obvious. (In this dismissal of his ideas I might well be mistaken; there may indeed be a treasure trove of ideas here. But if there is treasure to be found, it is buried well).
What this book does offer is a concise summary of the complex world of particle physics which Gell-Mann helped to discover. This summary, taking up only a few short chapters near the middle of the book, is excellent. If Gell-Mann had maintained this level of precision throughout the book, it would have helped immeasurably.
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