Foundations of Complex-system Theories by Sunny Y. Auyang
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Foundations of Complex-system Theories
By Sunny Y. Auyang

Foundations of Complex-system Theories

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Foundations of Complex-system Theories by Sunny Y. Auyang

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Complex behaviour can occur in any system made up of large numbers of interacting constituents, be they atoms in a solid, cells in a living organism, or consumers in a national economy. Analysis of this behaviour often involves making important assumptions and approximations, the exact nature of which vary from subject to subject. Foundations of Complex-system Theories begins with a description of the general features of complexity and then examines a range of important concepts, such as theories of composite systems, collective phenomena, and stochastic processes. Each topic is discussed with reference to the fields of statistical physics, evolutionary biology, and economics, thereby highlighting recurrent themes in the study of complex systems. This detailed yet nontechnical book will appeal to anyone who wants to know more about complex systems and their behaviour. It will also be of great interest to specialists studying complexity in the physical, biological, and social sciences.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521778268
ISBN-10: 0521778263
Format: Paperback
(247mm x 174mm x 22mm)
Pages: 420
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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