Nonlinearity, Chaos, and Complexity: The Dynamics of Natural and Social Systems

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OUP Oxford, May 12, 2005 - Mathematics - 387 pages
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Covering a broad range of topics, this text provides a comprehensive survey of the modelling 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 an unique text in the midst of many current books on chaos and complexity.Part 1 deals with the mathematical model as an instrument of investigation. The general meaning of modelling and, more specifically, questions concerning linear modelling are discussed. Part 2 deals with the theme of chaos and the origin of chaotic dynamics. Part 3 deals with the theme of complexity: a property of the systems and of their models which is intermediate between stability and chaos.Including an extensive index and bibliography along with numerous examples and simplified models, this is an ideal course text.

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Cristoforo Sergio Bertuglia is at Retired; formerly Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Politecnico di Torino. Franco Vaio is at Professor of Mathematics, Politecnico di Torino.

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