Nonlinear Dynamics, Mathematical Biology, And Social Science

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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201419887
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: Santa Fe Institute Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Joshua M. Epstein is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at The Brookings Institution and a Member of the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from M.I.T., and has taught Complex Systems at Princeton and the Santa Fe Institute Summer School. His books include Measuring Military Power; Conventional Force Reductions: A Dynamic Assessment; and, with coauthor Robert Axtell, Growing Artificial Societies: Social Science from the Bottom Up. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Melissa and their daughter Anna Matilda.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Lecture 1 On The Mathematical Biology of Arms Races, Wars, and Revolutions 7
Lecture 2 An Adaptive Dynamic Model of Combat 19
Lecture 3 Imperfect Collective Security and Arms Race Dynamics: Why a Little Cooperation Can Make a Big Difference 41
Lecture 4 Revolutions, Epidemics, and Ecosystems: Some Dynamical Analogies 69
Lecture 5 A Theoretical Perspective on the Spread of Drugs 89
Lecture 6 An Introduction of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems 107
References 151
Index 159
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