This is a list of must-read books.
 Try to get them at the libary, or buy them - you won't regret it.

Self-Organization Topics

 This is a hand-picked list of resources for individual topics related to self-organisation.
 We will not be able to cover all the details in the course, but the books may come in handy for your projects.

Computational Systems

Science Books

Popular Science Books

Computer Science Books

  • Bonabeau, Eric: Swarm Intelligence. From Natural to Artificial Systems ISBN 978-0195131598
  • Ilachinski, Andrew: Cellular Automata: A Discrete Universe ISBN 978-9812381835
  • Peitgen H., Jürgens H., Saupe D.: Chaos and Fractals: New Frontiers of Science ISBN 978-0387202297
  • Floreano D., Mattiussi C.: Bio-Inspired Artificial Intelligence: Theories, Methods, and Technologies ISBN 978-0262062718

Hands-On Programming Books

  • Jacob, Christian: Principia Evolvica. Simulierte Evolution mit Mathematica ISBN 978-3920993485
  • Flake, Gary W.: The Computational Beauty of Nature: Computer Explorations of Fractals, Chaos, Complex Systems, and Adaptation ISBN 978-0262561273
  • Resnick, Mitchel et alter: Adventures in Modeling: Exploring Complex, Dynamic Systems with Starlogo ISBN 978-0807740828

Coffee Table Books

  • Wolfram, Stephen: A New Kind of Science ISBN 978-1579550080
  • Trefethen, Lloyd N., Embree Kristine: The (unfinished) PDE Coffee Table Book online (unpublished)

Media Art, Craft and Architecture

Geometric Systems

Popular Science Books

Mathematics of Folding

  • O'Rourke Joseph: How to Fold It: The Mathematics of Linkages, Origami and Polyhedra ISBN 978-0521145473
  • Demaine, Erik; O'Rourke, Joseph: Geometric Folding Algorithms: Linkages, Origami, Polyhedra ISBN 978-0521857574

Mathematics of Tiling

  • Grünbaum, B., Shepard G.C.: Tilings and Patterns ISBN 978-0716711933
  • Bigalke Hans G.: Reguläre Parkettierungen. Mit Anwendungen in Kristallographie, Industrie, Baugewerbe, Design und Kunst ISBN 978-3411167111

Geometric Programming

Evolutionary Design

Media Art, Craft and Architecture

Natural Systems

Algorithmic Beauty

Fractal Growth


Collective Behaviour

Simulating Society

  • Epstein, Joshua M.: Growing Artificial Societies: Social Science From the Bottom Up ISBN 978-0-262-55025-3
  • Batty, Michael: Cities and Complexity: Understanding Cities with Cellular Automata, Agent-Based Models, and Fractals ISBN 978-0262524797
  • Schweitzer, Frank: Brownian Agents and Active Particles: Collective Dynamics in the Natural and Social Sciences ISBN 3-540-43938-2

Popular Science Books

Coffee Table Books