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A Crude Look at the Whole: The Science of Complex Systems in Business, Life, and Society by John H. Miller

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Preface

The great stillness in these landscapes that once made me restless seeps into me day by day, and with it the unreasonable feeling that I have found what I was searching for without ever having discovered what it was.

Peter Matthiessen, “The Tree Where Man Was Born”

Over the past two decades I’ve had the great pleasure of participating in a wonderful scientific endeavor. Whether this quest is on the fringe or the frontier of science may well depend on where you stand and the direction in which you are looking. When I started down this path, I took to heart Thomas Pynchon’s edict that “we have to look for routes of power our teachers never imagined, or were encouraged to avoid,” and I embraced a new style of modeling that used the ever-growing ...

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