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For the past six months I have been reading many books about the science of complexity. I think I am now at the point where I can safely say that my book collection is not missing any significant works that have been published in that area. My bookshelf is so packed with knowledge now that it can barely hold on to the wall.
Part 2 of my work consists of reading all major works in the fields of software engineering and software process improvement. I will limit this to the most important works released in the last five or ten years or so, to prevent me from dying of an information overdose. This will probably take me another six months or more.
However, in the meantime my pen (or keyboard for that matter) has not been lying idle. I have written the first two articles that will probably be included as chapters in my book. I just need to translate them from Dutch to English, which is a matter of minutes. (Well ok, they will be very long minutes.) At this point my Book.doc file consists of 49 pages with text, notes, pictures, links, clippings and droppings and anything else I have built up over the last half year. So I’ve only got about 300 pages still to go…
You may be interested to know what literature I’ve been reading. Here’s my list of books on the subject of complexity. I found these books to be quite valuable, interesting and/or enjoyable. Let me know if you need my personal opinion about any of them.