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Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Basic Books
Publication date June 2, 2015
Pages 232
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780465048991
ISBN-10 0465048994
Dimensions 1 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $26.99
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: What is economic growth? And why, historically, has it occurred in only a few places? Previous efforts to answer these questions have focused on institutions, geography, finances, and psychology. But according to MIT's antidisciplinarian César Hidalgo, understanding the nature of economic growth demands transcending the social sciences and including the natural sciences of information, networks, and complexity. To understand the growth of economies, Hidalgo argues, we first need to understand the growth of order.
 
At first glance, the universe seems hostile to order. Thermodynamics dictates that over time, order--or information--will disappear. Whispers vanish in the wind just like the beauty of swirling cigarette smoke collapses into disorderly clouds. But thermodynamics also has loopholes that promote the growth of information in pockets. Our cities are pockets where information grows, but they are not all the same. For every Silicon Valley, Tokyo, and Paris, there are dozens of places with economies that accomplish little more than pulling rocks off the ground. So, why does the US economy outstrip Brazil's, and Brazil's that of Chad? Why did the technology corridor along Boston's Route 128 languish while Silicon Valley blossomed? In each case, the key is how people, firms, and the networks they form make use of information.
 
Seen from Hidalgo's vantage, economies become distributed computers, made of networks of people, and the problem of economic development becomes the problem of making these computers more powerful. By uncovering the mechanisms that enable the growth of information in nature and society, Why Information Grows lays bear the origins of physical order and economic growth. Situated at the nexus of information theory, physics, sociology, and economics, this book propounds a new theory of how economies can do, not just more, but more interesting things.


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from Basic Books (June 2, 2015)
9780465048991 | details & prices | 232 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $26.99
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Paperback
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Reprint edition from Basic Books (November 1, 2016)
9780465096848 | details & prices | 256 pages | List price $16.99
About: "Hidalgo has made a bold attempt to synthesize a large body of cutting-edge work into a readable, slender volume.
With John H. Jackson, Robert L. Mathis | from South-Western Pub (June 1, 1998); titled "Human Resource Management: Essential Perspectives"
9780324002072 | details & prices | 216 pages | 7.50 × 9.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $111.95
This edition also contains Human Resource Management: Essential Perspectives
About: The first in a proposed series of titles on human resource issues published under a newly formed alliance between South-Western College Publishing and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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