SFI External Professor Melanie Mitchell discusses complexity science, surprises from her research, and her book "Complexity: A Guided Tour" in an online interview. Mitchell received the Phi Beta Kappa Society's 2010 Book Award in Science on December 3 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions by scientists to the literature of science. Its purpose is to encourage literate and scholarly interpretations of the physical and biological sciences and mathematics and “to promote dialogue about important issues and ideas of our time in an environment of intellectual fellowship.”

Mitchell’s book (Oxford University Press, 2009) offers an accessible, illustrated overview of the foundations of complexity research and recent developments in the field.

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