Foundations of synergetics: Distributed active systems

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Springer-Verlag, 1990 - System theory - 187 pages
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This textbook presents an introduction to the mathematical theory of cooperative behavior in active systems of various origin, both natural and artificial. This volume (the first of two) is devoted to the properties of regular self-organized patterns in distributed active systems. An analysis of pattern formation and self-supported wave propagation in active media is followed by a description of the properties of neural networks and their possible applications in the field of distributed analog information processing. The volume ends with a discussion of reproductive networks and evolutionary systems. Attention is focused on basic models which might appear in a wide range of applications. As illustrations, the author uses simplified examples borrowed from a variety of disciplines ranging from chemical and biological physics to market economics.

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