Thinking in Complexity

The Complex Dynamics of Matter, Mind, and Mankind

  • Klaus Mainzer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Klaus Mainzer
    Pages 77-109
  3. Klaus Mainzer
    Pages 295-316
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 317-351

About this book


Since the first edition sold out in less than a year, we now present the revised second edition of Mainzer's popular book. The theory of nonlinear complex systems has become a successful problem-solving approach in the natural sciences from laser physics, quantum chaos, and meteorology to computer simulations of cell growth in biology. It is now recognized that many of our social, ecological, and political problems are also of a global, complex, and nonlinear nature. And one of the most exciting contemporary topics is the idea that even the human mind is governed largely by the nonlinear dynamics of complex systems. In this wide-ranging but concise treatment, Prof. Mainzer discusses, in a nontechnical language, the common framework behind these endeavors. Emphasis is given to the evolution of new structures in natural and cultural systems and we see clearly how the new integrative approach can give insights not available from traditional reductionistic methods.


Chaos Complexity biology cell evolution nonlinear dynamics quantum chaos

Authors and affiliations

  • Klaus Mainzer
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Philosophie und WissenschaftstheorieUniversität AugsburgAugsburgDeutschland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-03307-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-03305-0
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