Synergetics: An Introduction Nonequilibrium Phase Transitions and Self-Organization in Physics, Chemistry and Biology

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 6, 2012 - Science - 355 pages
The publication of this second edition was motivated by several facts. First of all, the first edition had been sold out in less than one year. It had found excellent critics and enthusiastic responses from professors and students welcoming this new interdisciplinary approach. This appreciation is reflected by the fact that the book is presently translated into Russian and Japanese also. I have used this opportunity to include some of the most interesting recent developments. Therefore I have added a whole new chapter on the fascinating and rapidly growing field of chaos dealing with irregular motion caused by deterministic forces. This kind of phenomenon is presently found in quite diverse fields ranging from physics to biology. Furthermore I have included a section on the analytical treatment of a morphogenetic model using the order parameter concept developed in this book. Among the further additions, there is now a complete description of the onset of ultrashort laser pulses. It goes withoutĚ saying that the few minor mis prints or errors of the first edition have been corrected. I wish to thank all who have helped me to incorporate these additions.
 

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Contents

Goal
1
Chance
16
Necessity
104
17
108
Chance and Necessity
146
SelfOrganization
191
Physical Systems
224
Chemical and Biochemical Systems
263
7+ Stochastic Treatment of the Brusselator Close to Its SoftMode
286
Applications to Biology
293
A Stochastic Model for the Formation of Public Opinion
315
Some Historical Remarks and Outlook
333
Subject Index 351
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