Philosophy of Complex Systems

Philosophy of Complex Systems

by Dov M. Gabbay
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0444520767

ISBN-13: 9780444520760

Pub. Date: 06/30/2011

Publisher: Elsevier Science

The domain of nonlinear dynamical systems and its mathematical underpinnings has been developing exponentially for a century, the last 35 years seeing an outpouring of new ideas and applications and a concomitant confluence with ideas of complex systems and their applications from irreversible thermodynamics. A few examples are in meteorology, ecological dynamics,

Overview

The domain of nonlinear dynamical systems and its mathematical underpinnings has been developing exponentially for a century, the last 35 years seeing an outpouring of new ideas and applications and a concomitant confluence with ideas of complex systems and their applications from irreversible thermodynamics. A few examples are in meteorology, ecological dynamics, andsocial and economic dynamics. These new ideas have profound implications for our understanding and practice in domains involving complexity, predictability and determinism, equilibrium, control, planning, individuality, responsibility and so on.

Our intention is to draw together in this volume, we believe for the first time, a comprehensive picture of the manifold philosophically interesting impacts of recent developments in understanding nonlinear systems and the unique aspects of their complexity. The book will focus specifically on the philosophical concepts, principles, judgments and problems distinctly raised by work in the domain of complex nonlinear dynamical systems, especially in recent years.

-Comprehensive coverage of all main theories in the philosophy of Complex Systems

-Clearly written expositions of fundamental ideas and concepts

-Definitive discussions by leading researchers in the field

-Summaries of leading-edge research in related fields are also included

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780444520760
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
06/30/2011
Series:
Handbook of the Philosophy of Science Series, #10
Pages:
952
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 2.20(d)

Table of Contents

General Preface (Dov Gabbay, Paul Thagard, and John Woods)
Part I. General Foundations
Part II. Biology
Part III. Ecology
Part IV. Engineering
Part V. Climatology
Part VI. Economics
Part VII. Anthropology
Part VIII. Psychology
Part IX. Medicine
Part X. Military Science
Part XI. Public Policy/Management
Part XII. Philosophy of Science
Index

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