Complex Systems — Operational Approaches in Neurobiology, Physics, and Computers

Proceedings of the International Symposium on Synergetics at Schloß Elmau, Bavaria, May 6–11, 1985

  • Hermann Haken
Conference proceedings

Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 31)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Operational Approaches to Complex Systems. An Introduction

  3. Evolution

  4. Functions of the Brain in Man and Animals

  5. Coordination of Motion

  6. Computers and Computing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. F. Hossfeld
      Pages 194-211
    3. H. Shimizu, Y. Yamaguchi, I. Tsuda, M. Yano
      Pages 225-239
    4. I. Tsuda, H. Shimizu
      Pages 240-251
  7. Theoretical Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. E. T. Jaynes
      Pages 254-269
  8. Physical Systems; Order and Chaos

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 365-365

About these proceedings


A great deal of the success of science has rested on its specific methods. One of which has been to start with the study of simple phenomena such as that of falling bodies, or to decompose systems into parts with well-defined properties simpler than those of the total system. In our time there is a growing awareness that in many cases of great practical or scientific interest, such as economics or the hu­ man brain, we have to deal with truly complex systems which cannot be decomposed into their parts without losing crucial properties of the total system. In addi­ tion, complex systems have many facets and can be looked at from many points of view. Whenever a complicated problem arises, some scientists or other people are ready to invent lots of beautiful words, or to quote Goethe "denn immer wo Begriffe feh­ len, dort stellt ein Wort zur rechten Zeit sich ein" ("whenever concepts are lack­ king, a word appears at the right time"). Quite often such a procedure gives not only the layman but also scientists working in fields different from that of the in­ ventor of these new words the impression that this problem has been solved, and I am occasionally shocked to see how influential this kind of "linguistics" has become.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hermann Haken
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität StuttgartStuttgart 80Fed. Rep. of Germany

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-70797-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-70795-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-7389
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