Thinking in Complexity: The Complex Dynamics of Matter, Mind and Mankind

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Now in its second edition, this best-selling book explains, in non-technical language, the broad and profound applications of nonlinear complex systems not only to problems in the natural sciences, but also to systems of a social, ecological, and economic nature.
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Overview

Now in its second edition, this best-selling book explains, in non-technical language, the broad and profound applications of nonlinear complex systems not only to problems in the natural sciences, but also to systems of a social, ecological, and economic nature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540002390
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Edition description: 4th rev. and enlarged ed.
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: From Linear to Nonlinear Thinking 1
2 Complex Systems and the Evolution of Matter 17
2.1 Aristotle's Cosmos and the Logos of Heraclitus 18
2.2 Newton's and Einstein's Universe and the Demon of Laplace 31
2.3 Hamiltonian Systems and the Chaos of Heaven and the Quantum World 47
2.4 Conservative and Dissipative Systems and the Emergence of Order 59
2.5 Complex Systems of the Nano World and Self-Constructing Materials 77
2.6 Complex Data Mining and Time Series Analysis 85
3 Complex Systems and the Evolution of Life 93
3.1 From Thales to Darwin 93
3.2 Boltzmann's Thermodynamics and the Evolution of Life 99
3.3 Complex Systems and the Evolution of Organisms 105
3.4 Complex Systems and the Ecology of Populations 121
4 Complex Systems and the Evolution of Mind-Brain 129
4.1 From Plato' Soul to Lamettrie's "L'Homme machine" 130
4.2 Complex Systems and Neural Networks 139
4.3 Brain and the Emergence of Consciousness 165
4.4 Intentionality and the Crocodile in the Brain 176
5 Complex Systems and the Evolution of Computability 187
5.1 Leibniz and Mathesis Universalis 188
5.2 Computability and Algorithmic Complexity 191
5.3 From Information to Knowledge Processing 204
5.4 Cellular Automata, Chaos, and Randomness 229
6 Complex Systems and the Evolution of Artificial Life and Intelligence 241
6.1 Neural Networks and Synergetic Computers 241
6.2 Cellular Neural Networks and Analogic Neural Computers 261
6.3 Universal Cellular Neural Networks and Dynamic Complexity 274
6.4 Neurobionics and Robotics 287
6.5 From Artificial Intelligence to Artificial Life 302
7 Complex Systems and the Evolution of Human Society 313
7.1 From Aristotle's Polis to Hobbes' Leviathan 314
7.2 Smith's Economics and Market Equilibrium 320
7.3 Complex Economic Systems, Chaos, and Randomness 330
7.4 Complex Social and Cultural Systems 349
7.5 Complex Communication Networks and Information Retrieval 368
7.6 Complex Mobile Networks and Ubiquitous Computing 378
8 Epilogue on Future, Science, and Ethics 387
8.1 Complexity, Forecasts, and the Future 387
8.2 Complexity, Science, and Technology 396
8.3 Complexity, Responsibility, and Freedom 402
References 413
Subject Index 435
Name Index 453
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