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Melanie is a professor of computer science at Portland State University and Santa Fe Institute, specialised in the study of complexity. In her book, she explores dynamical systems, information technology, genetic algorithms, cellular automata, chaos, and network theory.
Mitchell is a wonderful writer and her love for the subject is evident and infectious. Complexity: A Guided Tour” is stimulating and fun; it is not an easy read, but it is immensely worthwhile.