Complexity in Chemistry, Biology, and Ecology / Edition 1

Complexity in Chemistry, Biology, and Ecology / Edition 1

by Danail D. Bonchev
     
 

ISBN-10: 1441935924

ISBN-13: 9781441935922

Pub. Date: 12/08/2010

Publisher: Springer US

This book, written by an international team of experts, introduces the reader to various aspects of complexity theory and its applications. It illustrates the latest trends in science to go beyond the mechanistic Newtonian view of the world by shifting the focus to self-organization, adaptation, and emergent phenomena. The authors discuss these properties of

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Overview

This book, written by an international team of experts, introduces the reader to various aspects of complexity theory and its applications. It illustrates the latest trends in science to go beyond the mechanistic Newtonian view of the world by shifting the focus to self-organization, adaptation, and emergent phenomena. The authors discuss these properties of complex systems in biology, ecology and chemistry along with the structure and interconnectedness of the "layers" of complexity. The qualitative description is complemented by a discussion of methods for complexity quantification. Networks are covered in detail as a universal language of the complex world.

General readers, as well as undergraduate and graduate students and researchers in life sciences, chemistry, and nanotechnology will find this book to be of great interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441935922
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
12/08/2010
Series:
Mathematical and Computational Chemistry Series
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2005
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

On the Complexity of Fullerenes and Nanotubes.- Complexity and Self-Organization in Biological Development and Evolution.- The Circle That Never Ends: Can Complexity be Made Simple?.- Graphs as Models of Large-Scale Biochemical Organization.- Quantitative Measures of Network Complexity.- Cellular Automata Models of Complex Biochemical Systems.- The Complex Nature of Ecodynamics.

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