The Science of Disasters: Climate Disruptions, Heart Attacks, and Market Crashes

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Armin Bunde, Jürgen Kropp, Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 6, 2012 - Science - 453 pages
Are there universal laws governing the persistence of weather, and is it possible to predict climate transitions as generated by natural or man-made perturbations? How can one quantify the roller-coaster dynamics of stock markets and anticipate mega-crashes? Can we diagnose the health condition of patients from heartbeat time-series analysis, which may even form the basis for infarct prevention? This book tackles these questions by applying advanced methods from statistical physics and related fields to all types of non-linear dynamics prone to disaster. The transdisciplinary analysis is organized in some dozen review articles written by world-class scientists.
 

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Contents

Entropy Complexity Predictability
3
SpaceTime Variability of the European Climate
105
Is Climate Predictable?
141
References
189
Fractal and Multifractal Approaches
219
Physiological Relevance of Scaling
259
Local Scaling Properties for Diagnostic Purposes
283
References
309
in the Paddlefish Electroreceptor
324
Crowd Disasters and Simulation
331
Investigations of Financial Markets
353
Scaling
373
Multiplicative
411
Glossary
437
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