The Quark and the Jaguar

Adventures in the Simple and the Complex

Murray Gell-Mann

St. Martin's Griffin

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From one of the architects of the new science of simplicity and complexity comes an explanation of the connections between nature at its most basic level and natural selection, archaeology, linguistics, child development, computers, and other complex adaptive systems. Nobel laureate Murray Gell-Mann offers a uniquely personal and unifying vision of the relationship between the fundamental laws of physics and the complexity and diversity of the natural world.

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Praise for The Quark and the Jaguar

"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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Murray Gell-Mann

Murray Gell-Mann, the Robert Andrews Millikan Professor Emeritus of Physics at the California Institute of Technology, was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in physics. In 1984, he helped establish the Santa Fe Institute, where he now works. A longtime director of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Professor Gell-Man served as chairman of its Committee on World Environment and Resources.

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The Quark and the Jaguar
Adventures in the Simple and the Complex
Murray Gell-Mann

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Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
September 1995
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805072532
ISBN10: 0805072535
6 x 9 1/4 inches, 392 pages, Includes black-and-white illustrations
$21.99
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