Item description for The Lure of Modern Science: Fractal Thinking (Studies of Nonlinear Phenomena in Life Sciences, Vol 3) by Bruce J. West & Bill Deering...
The authors describe mostly in non-technical language the development of a new scientific paradigm based on nonlinear deterministic dynamics and fractal geometry. The concepts from these two mathematical disciplines are interwoven with data from the physical, social and life sciences. In this way rather sophisticated mathematical concepts are made accessible through experimental data from various disciplines, and the formalism is relegated to appendices. It is shown that the complexity of natural and social phenomena invariably lead to inverse power law distributions, both in terms of probabilities and spectra. This book tries to show how to think differently about familiar phenomena, such as why the bell-shape curve ought not to be used in teaching or in the characterization of such complex phenomena as intelligence.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 9" Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 9810221975 ISBN13 9789810221973
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More About Bruce J. West & Bill Deering
Bruce J. West is Chief Mathematical Scientist with the Information Science Directorate at the Army Research Office, a position he has held for the last 10 years. After receiving his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Rochester in 1970, he was Associate Director of a small private research institute (La Jolla Institute) for almost twenty years and a Professor at the University of North Texas for a decade. His research interests are in the nonlinear dynamics of complex networks. He has over 350 scientific publications, including 11 books and 8500 citations, and he has received multiple academic and government awards for his research and publications.
Bruce J. West currently resides in the state of Texas. Bruce J. West has an academic affiliation as follows - ?Durham, North Carolina, USA University of North Texas ?Durham, North.