References on Computer Models of Complex Systems

Web Links on Computer Models of Living and Social Systems

Books on Computer Modelling

Author Title Publisher Year Description
Albin, Peter S. (ed. Duncan K. Foley) Barriers and Bounds to Rationality: Essays on economic complexity and dynamics in interactive systems Princeton 1998 Review by Roger A. McCain (JASSS 2.3, 1999).
Axelrod, Robert The Complexity of Cooperation: Agent-based models of competition and collaboration Princeton 1997 Review by Ken Binmore (JASSS 1.1, 1998).
Bedau, Mark A. and Humphreys, Paul (eds) Emergence MIT 2008 A collection of papers on emergence, mostly from the 1990s, by a wide range of notable authors. Review by Flaminio Squazzoni (JASSS 11.4, 2008)
Billari, Francesco G., Fent, Thomas, Prskawetz, Alexia and Scheffran, Jurgen (eds) Agent-Based Computational Modelling: Applications in Demography, Social, Economic and Environmental Sciences Physica-Verlag, Heidelberg 2006 Review by Petra Ahrweiler (JASSS 10.2, 2007)
Buchanan, Mark The Social Atom: Why the rich get richer, cheaters get caught, and your neighbor usually looks like you Bloomsbury 2007 Review by David Hales (JASSS 11.3, 2008).
Calvin, William H. and Bickerton, Derek Lingua ex Machina: Reconciling Darwin and Chomsky with the human brain MIT 2001
Casti, John L Would-be Worlds: How simulation is changing the frontiers of science Wiley 1997 Review by Robert Anderson (JASSS 4.1, 2001).
Cilliers, Paul Complexity and Postmodernism Routledge 1998 Review by David Byrne (JASSS 2.2, 1999).
Conte, Rosaria, Hegselmann, Rainer and Terna, Pietro (eds) Simulating Social Phenomena Springer-Verlag 1997 Review by Scott Moss (JASSS 1.2, 1998).
Edmonds, Bruce, Hernandez, Cesareo and Troitzsch, Klaus G. Social Simulation: Technologies, Advances and New Discoveries Information Science Reference 2007 Review by Scott E. Page (JASSS 11.2, 2008)
Epstein, Joshua M. Generative Social Science Princeton 2006 Review by Rosaria Conte (JASSS 10.4, 2007)
Epstein, Joshua M. and Axtell, Robert Growing Artificial Societies: Social science from the bottom up MIT 1996
Garnsey, Elizabeth, Hall, Clare and McGlade, James Complexity and Co-Evolution: Continuity and change in socio-economic systems Edward Elgar 2006 Review by Mauro Lombardi (JASSS 10.1, 2007).
Gaylord, Richard J. and D'Andria, Lou Simulating Society: A Mathematica toolkit for modeling socioeconomic behavior Springer Verlag 1998 Very informative specifically on modeling of cellular automata using Mathematica. Review by Rainer Hegselmann (JASSS 1.3, 1998).
Gilbert, Nigel Agent-Based Models Sage 2007 Review by Gianluca Manzo (JASSS 11.2, 2008)
Gilbert, Nigel and Troitzsch, Klaus G. Simulation for the Social Scientist Open University 1999 Review by Andrea Schertlet (JASSS 3.3, 2000).
Harrison, Neil E. Complexity in World Politics SUNY Press 2006 Review by Orion A. Lewis (JASSS 10.4, 2007)
Hodgson, Geoffrey M. Evolution and Institutions: On evolutionary economics and the evolution of economics Edward Elgar 1999
Holland, John H. Emergence: From chaos to order Oxford 1998 Review by Tony Curzon Price (JASSS 1.4, 1998).
Humphreys, Paul Extending Ourselves: Computational science, empiricism, and scientific method Oxford 2004 Discusses how computers have extended our abilities, and the implications for philosophy of science.
Jennings, Nicholas R. and Wooldridge, Michael J. (eds) Agent Technology: foundations, applications and markets Springer Verlag 1998 Covers examples of commercial and industrial applications of agent-based models. Review by Jaime Simão Sichman and Jami Fred Hübner (JASSS 2.3, 1999).
Jervis, Robert System Effects: Complexity in political and social life Princeton 1997 Usefully discursive review by Scott E. Page (JASSS 2.1, 1999).
Marchi, Scott de Computational and Mathematical Modeling in the Social Sciences Cambridge 2005 Review by Flaminio Squazzoni (JASSS 10.2, 2005)
Noble, Denis The Music of Life Oxford 2006 A spirited attack on simple-minded reductionism, with illuminating analogies to music, promoting the idea of "middle-out" explanation (as opposed to "top-down" or "bottom-up").
North, Michael and Macal, Charles Managing Business Complexity: Discovering strategic solutions with agent-based modeling and simulation Oxford 2007 Review by H. Van Dyke Parunak (JASSS 10.4, 2007)
Overwalle, Frank van Social Connectionism: A reader and handbook for simulations Routledge 2007 Aims to demonstrate how human reasoning biases can be explained by the mechanism of connectionist learning. Review by Martin Neumann (JASSS 11.3, 2008).
Rennard, Jean-Philippe (ed.) Handbook of Research on Nature Inspired Computing for Economics and Management Idea Group Inc. 2006 Review by Erol Taymaz (JASSS 11.1, 2008)
Rowe, Glenn W. Theoretical Models in Biology Oxford 1994
Siegfried, Tom The Bit and the Pendulum: From quantum computing to M theory – the new physics of information Wiley 2000 Explores the idea that reality ultimately consists of information.
Tesfatsion, Leigh and Judd, Kenneth L. (eds) Handbook of Computational Economics, Volume II: Agent-based Computational Economics Elsevier 2006 Review by Herbert Gintis (JASSS 10.1, 2007)
Wolfram, Stephen A New Kind of Science Wolfram Media Inc. 2002 An ambitious and controversial attempt to set algorithmic models at the heart of science.

Books on Evolution and Game Theory

Author Title Publisher Year Description
Axelrod, Robert The Evolution of Cooperation Penguin 1990 Describes Axelrod's seminal investigations of the evolution of cooperation, based on computer models of the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma.
Binmore, Ken Natural Justice Oxford 2005 Gives an evolutionary game-theoretic account of the origin of ethics.
Dawkins, Richard The Blind Watchmaker Penguin 1988
Dennett, Daniel C. Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the meanings of life Penguin 1996 A deep and lucid discussion of the philosophical significance of evolution by natural selection.
Dugatkin, Lee Alan Cooperation Among Animals Oxford 1997
Gibbons, Robert A Primer in Game Theory Harvester Wheatsheaf 1992
Hamilton, W. D. Narrow Roads of Gene Land Oxford 1996
Maynard Smith, John Did Darwin Get It Right? Penguin 1993
Maynard Smith, John Evolution and the Theory of Games Cambridge 1982
Poundstone, William Prisoner's Dilemma Oxford 1993
Richerson, Peter J. and Boyd, Robert Not by Genes Alone: How culture transformed human evolution University of Chicago 2005 Review by Giangiacomo Bravo (JASSS 10.1, 2007)
Ridley, Matt The Origins of Virtue Penguin 1997 Very engagingly discusses the evolution of altruism and morality, in the light of recent studies of the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma etc.
Slater, P. J. B. and Halliday, T. R. Behaviour and Evolution Cambridge 1994
Weibull, Jörgen Evolutionary Game Theory MIT 1995 A well-known compendium of recent research. Review by Daniel Probst (JASSS 2.1, 1999).

Books on Artificial Life

Author Title Publisher Year Description
Boden, Margaret A. (ed.) The Philosophy of Artificial Life Oxford 1996 A substantial collection of excellent papers on the Philosophy of Artificial Life, with a useful introduction.
Kauffman, Stuart At Home in the Universe: The Search for Laws of Complexity Penguin 1996
Langton, Christopher G. (ed.) Artificial Life: An Overview MIT 1995
Levy, Steven Artificial Life: The Quest for a New Creation Penguin 1993
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