Nonlinear Dynamics, Mathematical Biology, and Social Science by Joshua M. Epstein
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Nonlinear Dynamics, Mathematical Biology, and Social Science
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Nonlinear Dynamics, Mathematical Biology, and Social Science by Joshua M. Epstein

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These lectures develop simple models of complex social processes using nonlinear dynamics and mathematical biology. Dynamical analogies between seemingly disparate social and biological phenomena--revolutions and epidemics, arms races, and ecosystem dynamics--are revealed and exploited. Nonlinear Dynamics, Mathematical Biology, and Social Science invites social scientists to relax--in some cases abandon--the predominant assumption of perfectly informed utility maximization and explore social dynamics from such perspectives as epidemiology and predator-prey theory. The volume includes a concentrated course on nonlinear dynamical systems.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780201419887
ISBN-10: 0201419882
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 9mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Perseus Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 14-Apr-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Agent_Zero: Toward Neurocognitive Foundations for Generative Social Science by Joshua M. Epstein Agent_Zero: Toward Neurocognitive Foundations for Generative Social Science, Hardback (March 2014)

Introduces a theoretical entity: Agent_Zero. This title weaves a computational tapestry with threads from Plato, Hume, Darwin, Pavlov, Smith, Tolstoy, Marx, James, and Dostoevsky, among others.

Generative Social Science by Joshua M. Epstein Generative Social Science, Hardback (January 2007)

Agent-based computational modeling is changing the face of social science. This title argues that this technique permits the social sciences to meet a fundamentally standard of explanation, in which one "grows" the phenomenon of interest in an artificial society of interacting agents.

Growing Artificial Societies by Joshua M. Epstein Growing Artificial Societies, Paperback (November 1996)

How do social structures and group behaviors arise from the interaction of individuals? This title starts with agents scattered about a twin-peaked landscape; over time, there is self-organization into spatially segregated and culturally distinct "tribes" centered on the peaks of the Sugarscape.

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Author Biography - Joshua M. Epstein

Joshua M. Epstein is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at The Brookings Institution and a Member of the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from M.I.T., and has taught Complex Systems at Princeton and the Santa Fe Institute Summer School. His books include Measuring Military Power; Conventional Force Reductions: A Dynamic Assessment; and, with coauthor Robert Axtell, Growing Artificial Societies: Social Science from the Bottom Up. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Melissa and their daughter Anna Matilda.

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