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How Nature Works: The Science of Self-Organized Criticality

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Publisher Comments:

Self-organized criticality, the spontaneous development of systems to a critical state, is the first general theory of complex systems with a firm mathematical basis. This theory describes how many seemingly desperate aspects of the world, from stock market crashes to mass extinctions, avalanches to solar flares, all share a set of simple, easily described properties. "...a'must read'...Bak writes with such ease and lucidity, and his ideas are so intriguing...essential reading for those interested in complex systems...it will reward a sufficiently skeptical reader." -NATURE "...presents the theory (self-organized criticality) in a form easily absorbed by the non-mathematically inclined reader." -BOSTON BOOK REVIEW "I picture Bak as a kind of scientific musketeer; flamboyant, touchy, full of swagger and ready to join every fray... His book is written with panache. The style is brisk, the content stimulating. I recommend it as a bracing experience." -NEW SCIENTIST

Synopsis:

This is an acclaimed book intended for the general reader who is interested in science. The author is a physicist who is well-known for his development of the property called self-organized criticality, a property or phenomenon that lies at the heart of large dynamical systems. It can be used to analyse systems that are complicated, and which are part of the new science of complexity. It is a unifying concept that can be used to study phenomena in fields as diverse as economics, astronomy, the earth sciences, and physics. The author discusses his discovery of self-organized criticality; its relation to the world of classical physics; computer simulations and experiments which aid scientists' understanding of the property; and the relation of the subject to popular areas such as fractal geometry and power laws; cellular automata, and a wide range of practical applications.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-205) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780387947914
Author:
Bak, Per
Author:
Bak, P.
Publisher:
Copernicus Books
Location:
New York, NY, USA :
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
System Theory
Subject:
Complexity (philosophy)
Subject:
Physics -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Critical phenomena
Subject:
Complexity
Subject:
Mathematical Analysis
Subject:
Analysis
Subject:
Statistical Physics, Dynamical Systems and Complexity
Subject:
Simulation and Modeling
Subject:
Math. Applications in Chemistry
Subject:
Mathematical Applications in Earth Sciences
Subject:
Mathematical Biology in General
Subject:
Mathematical and Computational Biology
Subject:
Mathematical and Computational Biology Written by the scientist who discovered self-organized criticality Still a cutting-edge theory, ahead of its time when it was published
Subject:
Mathematics-Systems Theory
Subject:
Earth Sciences - General
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
Language, literature and biography
Subject:
mathematics and statistics
Subject:
Global analysis (Mathematics)
Subject:
Computer simulation
Subject:
Chemistry_xMathematics
Subject:
Geography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Book
Series Volume:
v. 1300
Publication Date:
19960829
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
226
Dimensions:
235 x 155 mm 545 gr

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"Synopsis" by , This is an acclaimed book intended for the general reader who is interested in science. The author is a physicist who is well-known for his development of the property called self-organized criticality, a property or phenomenon that lies at the heart of large dynamical systems. It can be used to analyse systems that are complicated, and which are part of the new science of complexity. It is a unifying concept that can be used to study phenomena in fields as diverse as economics, astronomy, the earth sciences, and physics. The author discusses his discovery of self-organized criticality; its relation to the world of classical physics; computer simulations and experiments which aid scientists' understanding of the property; and the relation of the subject to popular areas such as fractal geometry and power laws; cellular automata, and a wide range of practical applications.
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