The Ingenious Mind of Nature: Deciphering the Patterns of Man,Society,and the Universe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738205847
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 8/7/2001
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.19 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Lay of The Land
1. Concept 3
2. Categories, Structure, and Factors 27
3. Mechanics 47
4. Derivations and Applications 71
Part II. History
5. Roots among the Physical Sciences 93
6. Insight from the Social Sciences 109
Part III. Abstract Systems
7. Truth, Logic, and Communications 131
8. Automation and Computer Science 149
9. Military Science and Game Theory 167
Part IV. Physical Systems
10. Physics and Chemistry 185
11. Engineering 204
12. Physiology and Genetics 222
13. Pathology 244
14. Blueprint of Evolution 264
Part V. Sociological Systems
15. The Psyche, Marriage, and Organizational Behavior 283
16. Economics 307
17. Nations and Government 326
18. International Relations and War 341
19. Ethics, Theology, and Jurisprudence 357
Epilogue 375
Glossary 379
Appendix A. Experiments, Models, Meta-Analyses 387
Appendix B. Comparative Systems 397
Notes 407
Selected Reading 431
Index 435
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