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Complex Systems: Chaos and Beyond

A Constructive Approach with Applications in Life Sciences

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  • Both authors have an outstanding academic record as far as their research in the field of chaos theory is concerned
  • This book, the first among a planned series of many on this subject, is the outcome of many years of efforts to give an new all-encompassing approach to complex systems in nature based on chaos theory
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Chaos in science has always been a fascinating realm since it challenges the usual scientific approach of reductionism. While carefully distinguishing between complexity, holism, randomness, incompleteness, nondeterminism and stochastic behaviour the authors show that, although many aspects of chaos have been phenomenologically understood, most of its defining principles are still difficult to grasp and formulate. Demonstrating that chaos escapes all traditional methods of description, the authors set out to find new methods to deal with this phenomenon and illustrate their constructive approach with many examples from physics, biology and information technology. While maintaining a high level of rigour, an overly complicated mathematical apparatus is avoided in order to make this book accessible, beyond the specialist level, to a wider interdisciplinary readership.

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"To sum up, the book should be a must-read for those interested in the modeling of coupled nonlinear systems…the interest of the global view of complexity that it provides makes it a highly recommendable read."

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tokyo, Meguro Tokyo, Japan

    Kunihiko Kaneko

  • Department of Mathematics Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

    Ichiro Tsuda

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Complex Systems: Chaos and Beyond

  • Book Subtitle: A Constructive Approach with Applications in Life Sciences

  • Authors: Kunihiko Kaneko, Ichiro Tsuda

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  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-540-67202-9Published: 04 October 2000

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-642-63132-0Published: 21 October 2012

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-642-56861-9Published: 28 June 2011

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 274

  • Additional Information: Original Japanese edition published by Asakura Publishing Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, 1996

  • Topics: Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory, Complex Systems, Mathematical and Computational Biology, Statistical Physics and Dynamical Systems

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