Nonlinear Dynamics, Mathematical Biology, And Social Science

Nonlinear Dynamics, Mathematical Biology, And Social Science

by Joshua M. Epstein
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0201419882

ISBN-13: 9780201419887

Pub. Date: 01/01/1997

Publisher: Westview Press


These lectures develop simple models of complex social processes using nonlinear dynamics and mathematical biology. Dynamical analogies between seemingly disparate social and biological phenomena—revolutions and epidemics, arms races, and ecosystem dynamics—are revealed and exploited. Nonlinear Dynamics, Mathematical Biology, and Social Science

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These lectures develop simple models of complex social processes using nonlinear dynamics and mathematical biology. Dynamical analogies between seemingly disparate social and biological phenomena—revolutions and epidemics, arms races, and ecosystem dynamics—are revealed and exploited. Nonlinear Dynamics, Mathematical Biology, and Social Science invites social scientists to relax—in some cases abandon—the predominant assumption of perfectly informed utility maximization and explore social dynamics from such perspectives as epidemiology and predator-prey theory. The volume includes a concentrated course on nonlinear dynamical systems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201419887
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Series:
Santa Fe Institute Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(7)
On The Mathematical Biology of Arms Races, Wars, and Revolutions
7(12)
An Adaptive Dynamic Model of Combat
19(22)
Imperfect Collective Security and Arms Race Dynamics: Why a Little Cooperation Can Make a Big Difference
41(28)
Revolutions, Epidemics, and Ecosystems: Some Dynamical Analogies
69(20)
A Theoretical Perspective on The Spread of Drugs
89(18)
An Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
107(44)
References 151(8)
Index 159

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