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Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems, and an Introduction to Chaos
Morris W. Hirsch
0123497035
Apr 2004
Hardcover
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Review
"The exposition is excellent. I particularly liked how the proofs are fairly easy to follow...a readable and informative text." - Gareth Roberts, Holy Cross

"..from three mathematicians who are...among the world's most prominent experts in dynamical systems...[and] the world's best mathematical expositors."
- Bruce Peckham, University of Minnesota

" (...) a standard on mathematical bookshelves (...). Readers familiar with the first edition will find much that is familiar, but with an increased emphasis on the behaviour of families of solutions". Annalisa Cranell, MAA Online, Feb 2005

Review
"The exposition is excellent. I particularly liked how the proofs are fairly easy to follow...a readable and informative text."
– Gareth...


Deep Simplicity: Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity
John R. Gribbin
140006256X
April 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
"Chaos begets complexity, and complexity begets life"—the most complex thing there is, writes Cambridge University astrophysicist Gribbin in opening this examination of how chaos theory has shifted scientific thinking. Gribbin, a veteran popular science writer (The Scientists, etc.), points out that chaos theory is based on two simple principles: small changes in the starting conditions of a process can cause big changes in the outcome, and the behavior of the system feeds back into itself to change the development of the system. The way our genes produce proteins and in turn the cells in our bodies may appear so complex as to be "on the edge of chaos," but in fact, as Gribbin points out, a "deep simplicity" underlies all of nature. He details how the second law of thermodynamics, about the concept of...


Nonlinearity, Chaos, and Complexity
Cristoforo Bertuglia
0198567901
Aug 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Covering a broad range of topics, this text provides a comprehensive survey of the modeling of chaotic dynamics and complexity in the natural and social sciences. Its attention to models in both the physical and social sciences and the detailed philosophical approach make this a unique text in
the midst of many current books on chaos and complexity. Including an extensive index and bibliography along with numerous examples and simplified models, this is an ideal course text.

About the Author
The authors are listed wrong on the catalog page. The authors of this book are: Cristoforo Bertuglia Franco Vaio Please make the change.


Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos and Complexity: A Platform for Designing Business Architecture
Jamshid Gharajedaghi
0750679735
December 2005
Textbook Paperback
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Review
"This is an excellent addition to books written on Systems Thinking. It is practical and timely and can be used by a vast majority of professionals such as engineers, planners and managers. I recommend it very highly to practitioners and academics."
C. J. Khisty, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description
The first edition of Systems Thinking was the first book to develop a working concept of systems theory and to deal operationally with systems methodology. The author has been working for the last 5 years to incorporate parallel development in quantum theory, self-organizing systems and complexity theory, the sum of which is included in this new 2nd edition. He has tested...


Nonlinearity, Chaos, and Complexity
Cristoforo Bertuglia
019856791X
Aug 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Covering a broad range of topics, this text provides a comprehensive survey of the modeling of chaotic dynamics and complexity in the natural and social sciences. Its attention to models in both the physical and social sciences and the detailed philosophical approach make this a unique text in
the midst of many current books on chaos and complexity. Including an extensive index and bibliography along with numerous examples and simplified models, this is an ideal course text

About the Author
The authors are listed wrong on the catalog page. The authors of this book are: Cristoforo Bertuglia Franco Vaio Please make the change.


Chaos: Making a New Science
James Gleick
0140092501
December 1988
Paperback
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Book Review
Few writers distinguish themselves by their ability to write about complicated, even obscure topics clearly and engagingly. James Gleick, a former science writer for the New York Times, resides in this exclusive category. In Chaos, he takes on the job of depicting the first years of the study of chaos--the seemingly random patterns that characterize many natural phenomena.

This is not a purely technical book. Instead, it focuses as much on the scientists studying chaos as on the chaos itself. In the pages of Gleick's book, the reader meets dozens of extraordinary and eccentric people. For instance, Mitchell Feigenbaum, who constructed and regulated his life by a 26-hour clock and watched his waking hours come in and out of phase with those of his coworkers at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

As for chaos itself, Gleick...



In the Wake of Chaos
Stephen H. Kellert
0226429741
June 1993
Hardcover
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Book Description
Chaos theory has captured scientific and popular attention. What began as the discovery of randomness in simple physical systems has become a widespread fascination with "chaotic" models of everything from business cycles to brainwaves to heart attacks. But what exactly does this explosion of new research into chaotic phenomena mean for our understanding of the world? In this timely book, Stephen Kellert takes the first sustained look at the broad intellectual and philosophical questions raised by recent advances in chaos theory--its implications for science as a source of knowledge and for the very meaning of that knowledge itself.



Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws
Andrew P. Napolitano
0785260838
November 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description

In this alarming book, Fox News commentator Judge Napolitano makes the solid case that there is a pernicious and ever-expanding pattern of government abuse in America's criminal justice system, leading him to establish his general creed: "The government is not your friend." As an attorney, a law professor, a commentator, a judge, and now a successful television personality, Judge Napolitano has studied the system inside and out, and his unique voice has resonance and relevance. In this sensational book, Napolitano sets the record straight, speaking frankly from his own experiences and investigation about how government agencies will often arrest without warrant, spy without legal authority, imprison without charge, and kill without cause.



In the Wake of Chaos
Stephen H. Kellert
0226429768
Dec 1994
Paperback
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Book Description
Chaos theory has captured scientific and popular attention. What began as the discovery of randomness in simple physical systems has become a widespread fascination with "chaotic" models of everything from business cycles to brainwaves to heart attacks. But what exactly does this explosion of new research into chaotic phenomena mean for our understanding of the world? In this timely book, Stephen Kellert takes the first sustained look at the broad intellectual and philosophical questions raised by recent advances in chaos theory--its implications for science as a source of knowledge and for the very meaning of that knowledge itself.



Sync: How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life
Steven Strogatz
0786887214
January 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Strogatz is a Cornell mathematician and pioneer of the science of synchrony, which brings mathematics, physics and biology to bear on the mystery of how spontaneous order occurs at every level of the cosmos, from the nucleus on up. In this eminently accessible and entertaining book, Strogatz explores the mysterious synchrony achieved by fireflies that flash in unison by the thousands, and the question of what makes our own body clocks synchronize with night and day and even with one another. He explores the sync of inanimate objects, inadvertently discovered by Christiaan Huygens in 1665 when he observed that his two pendulum clocks would swing in unison when they were within a certain distance of each other. A case of spontaneous synchrony occurred on the 2000 opening of the Millennium footbridge in London when...


The Computational Beauty of Nature
Gary William Flake
0262561271
Jan 2000
Paperback
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Jason R. Taylor, SB&F, May/June 1999
"This is a wonderful book. The author lucidly describes the computational beauty of nature from four different perspectives: `Computer Explorations,' `Chaos,'‘Complex Systems,' and `Adaptation,'... Using all four approaches, Flake not only clearly describes nature, but also presents the same phenomena with each approach. This strategy gives the reader a very broad-based educational experience and promotes critical thinking. Without such a presentation, explaining models that purport to describe `nature' can be quite intimidating. Flexibility is another major plus of this publication: Readers may skip a portion of any section or even an entire section without loss of continuity... reading this awe-inspiring book will be a colorful experience for the mind." --This text refers to the...


Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos
M. Mitchell Waldrop
0671872346
September 1993
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Waldrop presents his narrative of the "science of complexity in high screenplay style, offering a cast of five main characters. In general, he makes the emerging nature of complexity theory accessible to the general reader. He dissipates his advantage, however, in order to depict the personalities of the scientists he discusses, using at least three of them-Stuart Kauffman, Brian Arthur and Chris Langton-to act as interdisciplinary infielders of sorts, who relay the theory itself through a long subplot on structuring and funding the Santa Fe Institute in the 1970s. Complexity theory most likely will receive other, more rigorous examinations than Waldrop's, but he provides a good grounding of what may indeed be the first flowering of a new science. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text...


Chaos in Biological Systems
H. Degn
0306426854
Jan 1987
Hardcover
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A Fine Balance (Oprah Edition)
Rohinton Mistry
140003065X
November 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The setting of Mistry's quietly magnificent second novel (after the acclaimed Such a Long Journey) is India in 1975-76, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, defying a court order calling for her resignation, declares a state of emergency and imprisons the parliamentary opposition as well as thousands of students, teachers, trade unionists and journalists. These events, along with the government's forced sterilization campaign, serve as backdrop for an intricate tale of four ordinary people struggling to survive. Naive college student Maneck Kohlah, whose parents' general store is failing, rents a room in the house of Dina Dalal, a 40-ish widowed seamstress. Dina acquires two additional boarders: hapless but enterprising itinerant tailor Ishvar Darji and his nephew Omprakash, whose father, a village untouchable, was...


Chaos
Kathleen Alligood
0387946772
Jan 1996
Paperback
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G.J.G. Junevicus, Choice online
This exceptional introductory work is uniquely characterized by its combination of breadth and depth and by its pedagogical style of actively engaging the reader in exercises integral to theory development...The exposition is clear, solid, and well-illustrated. Very highly recommended.

Book Description
Chaos: An Intoduction to Dynamical Systems, was developed and class-tested by a distinguished team of authors at two universities through their teaching of courses based on the material. Intended for courses in nonlinear dynamics offered either in Mathematics or Physics, the text requires only calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra as prerequisites. Along with discussions of the major topics, including discrete dynamical systems, chaos, fractals,...


Understanding Variation, Second Edition: The Key to Managing Chaos
Donald J. Wheeler
0945320531
January 1999
Textbook Hardcover
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The Transition to Chaos
L. E. Reichl
0387987886
May 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Based on courses given at the universities of Texas in Austin, and California in San Diego, this book deals with the basic mechanisms that determine the dynamic evolution of classical and quantum systems. It presents, in as simple a manner as possible, the basic mechanisms that determine the dynamical evolution of both classical and quantum systems in sufficient generality to include quantum phenomena. The book begins with a discussion of Noether's theorem, integrability, KAM theory, and a definition of chaotic behavior; it continues with a detailed discussion of area-preserving maps, integrable quantum systems, spectral properties, path integrals, and periodically driven systems; and it concludes by showing how to apply the ideas to stochastic systems. The presentation is complete and self-contained; appendices...


Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems
Fritjof Capra
0385476760
October 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
The vitality and accessibility of Fritjof Capra's ideas have made him perhaps the most eloquent spokesperson of the latest findings emerging at the frontiers of scientific, social, and philosophical thought. In his international bestsellers The Tao of Physics and The Turning Point, he juxtaposed physics and mysticism to define a new vision of reality. In The Web of Life, Capra takes yet another giant step, setting forth a new scientific language to describe interrelationships and interdependence of psychological, biological, physical, social, and cultural phenomena--the "web of life."



During the past twenty-five years, scientists have challenged conventional views of evolution and the organization of living systems and have developed new theories with revolutionary...


Emergence: From Chaos to Order
John H. Holland
0738201421
April 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
"Emergence" is the notion that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. John Holland, a MacArthur Fellow known as the "father of genetic algorithms," says this seemingly simple notion will be at the heart of the development of machines that can think for themselves. And while he claims that he'd rather do science than write about it, this is his second scientific philosophy book intended to increase public understanding of difficult concepts (his first was Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity). One of the questions that Holland says emergence theory can help answer is: can we build systems from which more comes out than was put in? Think of the food replicators in the imaginary future of Star Trek--with some basic chemical building blocks and simple rules, those machines can produce...


Discrete Dynamical Systems, Bifurcations and Chaos in Economics
Wei-Bin Zhang
0444521976
Apr 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book is a unique blend of difference equations theory and its exciting applications to economics. It deals with not only theory of linear (and linearized) difference equations, but also nonlinear dynamical systems which have been widely applied to economic analysis in recent years. It studies most important concepts and theorems in difference equations theory in a way that can be understood by anyone who has basic knowledge of calculus and linear algebra. It contains well-known applications and many recent developments in different fields of economics. The book also simulates many models to illustrate paths of economic dynamics.

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· A unique book concentrated on theory of discrete dynamical systems and its traditional as well as advanced applications to...

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