In search of certainty : the science of our information infrastructure / Mark Burgess
- Burgess, Mark, 1966-
- Sebastopol, CA : O'Reilly Media, 
- Copyright Date:
- Second edition, revised & updated.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource
- Part I: stability : or how we base technology on science -- King Canute and the butterfly : how we create the illusion of being in control -- Feedback patterns and thresholds : how the relative sizes of things govern our behaviour -- Digilogy: cause, effect, and information : how transmitted information shapes the world from the bottom up -- All the roads to nowhere : how keeping things in balance is the essence of control -- Zero and the building blocks of Babel : how to forge the atoms of reliable infrastructure -- Part II: certainty : living with incomplete information -- Keeping it together by pulling it apart : how weak coupling strengthened human infrastructure -- Seeing is disbelieving : how to explain what we see and make use of it -- The equilibrium of knowing or how not to disagree with yourself -- Clockwork uncertainty : the arms race between reason and complexity -- Part III: promises : the chemistry of autonomous cooperation -- The concept of promises : or why behaviour comes from within -- The human condition : how humans make friends to solve problems -- Molecular and material infrastructure : elastic, plastic and brittle design -- Orchestration and creative instability : or why the conductor does not promise to blow every trumpet.
- Quite soon, the world's information infrastructure is going to reach a level of scale and complexity that will force scientists and engineers to approach it in an entirely new way. The familiar notions of command and control are being thwarted by realities of a faster, denser world of communication where choice, variety, and indeterminism rule. The myth of the machine that does exactly what we tell it has come to an end. What makes us think we can rely on all this technology? What keeps it together today, and how might it work tomorrow? Will we know how to build the next generation-or will w.
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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