Thinking in complexity: the complex dynamics of matter, mind, and mankind

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Springer-Verlag, 1994 - Computers - 329 pages
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The theory of nonlinear complex systems has become a successful and widely used problem-solving approach in the natural sciences - from laser physics, quantum chaos and meteorology to molecular modeling in chemistry and computer simulations of cell growth in biology. In recent times it has been recognized that many of the social, ecological and political problems of mankind are also of a global, complex and nonlinear nature. And one of the most exciting topics of present scientific and public interest is the idea that even the human mind is governed largely by the nonlinear dynamics of complex systems. In this wide-ranging but concise treatment Prof. Mainzer discusses, in nontechnical language, the common framework behind these endeavours. Special emphasis is given to the evolution of new structures in natural and cultural systems and it is seen clearly how the new integrative approach of complexity theory can give new insights that were not available using traditional reductionistic methods.

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Complex Systems and the Evolution
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Complex Systems and the Evolution of Matter
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Complex Systems and the Evolution of Life
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About the author (1994)

Mainzer is a Professor of Philosophy and Science Theory at the University of Augsburg, Germany.

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