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Complexity Explained

  • PeterĀ Erdi

About this book

Introduction

This book explains why complex systems research is important in understanding the structure, function and dynamics of complex natural and social phenomena. It illuminates how complex collective behavior emerges from the parts of a system, due to the interaction between the system and its environment. You will learn the basic concepts and methods of complex system research. It is shown that very different complex phenomena of nature and society can be analyzed and understood by nonlinear dynamics since many systems of very different fields, such as physics, chemistry, biology, economics, psychology and sociology etc. have similar architecture. "Complexity Explained" is not highly technical and mathematical, but teaches and uses the basic mathematical notions of dynamical system theory making the book useful for students of science majors and graduate courses, but it should be readable for a more general audience; actually for those, who ask: What complex systems really are?

Keywords

NC RL complex system complex systems complexity cybernetics linear optimization nonlinear dynamics system systems theory

Authors and affiliations

  • PeterĀ Erdi
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Complex Systems StudiesKalamazoo CollegeKalamazooUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-35778-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-35777-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-35778-0
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