Good Book – “Complexity: A Guided Tour” by Melanie Mitchell

For any of my students looking for an introduction to “complexity,” I recommend Complexity – A Guided Tour by systems scientist Melanie Mitchell.  I pulled it off my shelf this morning to re-read Chapter 19, “The Past and Future of the Sciences of Complexity.”

Dr. Mitchell’s Ph.D. advisor was Dr. Douglas Hofstadter, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Godel, Escher, and Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.  For a thought-provoking interview with Dr. Hofstadter, see the following interview in The Atlantic magazine:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/11/the-man-who-would-teach-machines-to-think/309529/