Far from Equilibrium Proceedings of the Conference Far from Equilibrium: Instabilities and Structures Bordeaux, France, September 27–29,1978

  • Adolphe Pacault
  • Christian Vidal
Conference proceedings

Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. M. Kaufman-Herschkowitz, T. Erneux
    Pages 18-21
  3. R. M. Noyes
    Pages 34-42
  4. J.-C. Roux, C. Vidal
    Pages 47-50
  5. G. Schmitz, H. Rooze
    Pages 51-56
  6. R. Lefever, W. Horsthemke
    Pages 57-60
  7. G. Nicolis
    Pages 166-175
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 177-178

About these proceedings


This volume gathers most of the lectures and communications presented at the meeting t held in Bordeaux from the 27th to the 29 h of September and entitled "Far from equi­ librium : instabilities and structures". This meeting is part of a series of seve­ ral other interdisciplinary conferences such as Elmau 1972, London 1974, Dortmund 1976, Elmau 1977, Tokyo 1978. The old science classification scheme proposed by Auguste Comte tends to be eve­ ry day a bit more blurred out: one gives here, if needed, one additional illustra­ tion of this trend. The three key words "far from equilibrium", "instabilities" and "structures" best illustrate the new concepts which emerge from the description of the dynamics of various systems relevant to many different research areas. Laser emission, chemical reactions, fluid motions, exhibit very particular phenomena when, under appropriate external action,they occur far from equilibrium. These proceedings include the experimental description of such phenomena as well as theoretical at­ tempts in understanding them. Most of the topics investigated here belong to the domains of physics and chemistry but one should be careful not to underestimate the underlying potential biological interest. If the study of simple systems (e. g. , described by a few variables) has been qui­ te successful for several centuries, the recent bearing of our attention on complex systems constitutes a genuine epistemological breakthrough bridging the gap which used to exist between the sciences and the humanism.


Potential bifurcation chemical reaction communication complex system complex systems dynamics equilibrium kinetics laser stability structure synergetics system turbulence

Editors and affiliations

  • Adolphe Pacault
    • 1
  • Christian Vidal
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre de Recherches Paul PascalDomaine UniversitaireTalence CédexFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-67264-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-67262-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-7389
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