## Critical Phenomena in Natural Sciences: Chaos, Fractals, Selforganization and Disorder: Concepts and ToolsConcepts, methods and techniques of statistical physics in the study of correlated, as well as uncorrelated, phenomena are being applied ever increasingly in the natural sciences, biology and economics in an attempt to understand and model the large variability and risks of phenomena. This is the first textbook written by a well-known expert that provides a modern up-to-date introduction for workers outside statistical physics. The emphasis of the book is on a clear understanding of concepts and methods, while it also provides the tools that can be of immediate use in applications. Although this book evolved out of a course for graduate students, it will be of great interest to researchers and engineers, as well as to post-docs in geophysics and meteorology. |

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### Contents

Useful Notions of Probability Theory | 1 |

Large Deviations 59 | 58 |

Power Law Distributions | 93 |

Fractals and Multifractals 123 | 122 |

and Discrete Scale Invariance | 156 |

RankOrdering Statistics and Heavy Tails 163 | 162 |

Probabilistic Point of View | 198 |

LongRange Correlations | 223 |

The Renormalization Group | 267 |

The Percolation Model | 293 |

Rupture Models | 313 |

Mechanisms for Power Laws | 345 |

SelfOrganized Criticality | 395 |

Introduction to the Physics of Random Systems | 441 |

Randomness and LongRange Laplacian Interactions | 457 |

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