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The Info Mesa: Science, Business, and New Age Alchemy on the Santa Fe Plateau.


While scientists and venture capitalists in California's Silicon Valley have seen their riches rise and fall in the past few years, a group of maverick scientists residing in Santa Fe, N.M., has sustained success. Regis profiles three dozen of the world's premiere complexity theorists, biophysicists, neurophysiologists, geneticists, and computer scientists from Santa Fe. Among them is Stu Kaufmann, who runs a company that uses complexity theory to help major corporations solve otherwise-intractable problems, such as efficiently moving cargo via airline routes. Dave Weininger invented a new nomenclature for chemicals used in labs around the world. Anthony Nicholls is developing a computer program for depicting proteins in a way that could revolutionize medicine. Regis paints compelling portraits of these sometimes-eccentric personalities and explains how their diverse pursuits affect us all. Norton, 2003, 268 p., hardcover, $25.95.
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Date:Sep 20, 2003
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