From Cells to Societies: Models of Complex Coherent Action / Edition 1

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Overview

Using simple models this book shows how we can gain insights into the behavior of complex systems. It is devoted to the discussion of functional self-organization in large populations of interacting active elements. The authors have chosen a series of models from physics, biochemistry, biology, sociology and economics, and systematically discuss their general properties. The book addresses researchers and graduate students in a variety of disciplines.

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"The book provides an elementary introduction to the collective dynamics for researchers and graduate students in a variety of disciplines, such as physics, chemistry, biology and social sciences." (Zentralblatt MATH, 1011, 2003)

"This book constitutes a reference of invaluable usefulness for all researchers interested in the study of collective phenomena. … Moreover, each topic is presented in a form which, without neglecting all mathematical details, allows for an immediate understanding of its deep conceptual grounds … . This book is highly recommended also because it contains discussions of some subjects which it would be difficult to find elsewhere." (E. Pessa, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2004 c)

From the Publisher

From the reviews:

"The book provides an elementary introduction to the collective dynamics for researchers and graduate students in a variety of disciplines, such as physics, chemistry, biology and social sciences." (Zentralblatt MATH, 1011, 2003)

"This book constitutes a reference of invaluable usefulness for all researchers interested in the study of collective phenomena. … Moreover, each topic is presented in a form which, without neglecting all mathematical details, allows for an immediate understanding of its deep conceptual grounds … . This book is highly recommended also because it contains discussions of some subjects which it would be difficult to find elsewhere." (E. Pessa, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2004 c)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642075742
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 12/10/2010
  • Series: Springer Series in Synergetics
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 0.66 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.- 2. The Games of Life.- 3. Active Motion.- 4. Ridden by the Noise ....- 5. Dynamics with Delays and Expectations.- 6. Mutual Synchronization.- 7. Dynamical Clustering..- 8. Hierarchical Organization.- 9. Dynamics and Evolution of Networks..- References.

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