Item description for Complexity Explained (Springer Complexity) by Péter Érdi...
This book explains why complex systems research is important in understanding the structure, function and dynamics of complex natural and social phenomena. It illuminates how complex collective behavior emerges from the parts of a system, due to the interaction between the system and its environment. You will learn the basic concepts and methods of complex system research. It is shown that very different complex phenomena of nature and society can be analyzed and understood by nonlinear dynamics since many systems of very different fields, such as physics, chemistry, biology, economics, psychology and sociology etc. have similar architecture. "Complexity Explained" is not highly technical andmathematical, but teaches and uses the basic mathematical notions of dynamical system theory making the book useful for students of science majors and graduate courses, but it should be readable for a more general audience; actually for those, who ask: What complex systems really are?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.45" Width: 6.22" Height: 0.79" Weight: 1.59 lbs.
Release Date Nov 20, 2007
ISBN 3540357777 ISBN13 9783540357773
Reviews - What do customers think about Complexity Explained (Springer Complexity)?
Some problems... Feb 2, 2008
What constitutes an acceptable and useful explanation/description of 'complexity'? This question is more important than any particular attempt to explain complexity, yet is not addressed in this book. The book opens with a qualitative and inadequate characterization of complexity, and then walks haphazardly through a broad array of topics without ever returning to the central question: what is 'complexity'?
The text contains numerous typos and grammatical errors. It appears that the author's unedited manuscript was accidentally published.
A great starting place on a path to understanding Dec 6, 2007
First, let me say I only write reviews for what I believe are extraordinary works. Anyone bold enough to take on the task of giving insight into the patterns and features of complexity, then accomplishes what he set out to do, has done something extraordinary.
The reality of complexity is far different from the legend of complexity. It cannot be explained in one setting with a simple encyclopedic entry. Erdi iteratively cycles us through the development of thoughts, experiments and asymptotic understandings of the many contributors to complexity science. The understanding of complex phenomena is built, brick by brick, torn down, revised and reconstructed with enough empty voids for passage into future research and deeper understandings.
The mathematical approach to developing these understandings rewards those who stayed awake in math classes, and now find a meaningful use for those tools. Better yet, it gives new and deeper meaning to overlooked meaning in mathematics.
These thoughts are offered by one whose job it is to help scientists and engineers visualize, understand and develop dynamically evolving large scale complex systems. Here science fact is far more intersting than science fiction, or to paraphrase John Haldane: "The world is not only stanger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine".
In my opinion, Erdi has written a texbook that opens the door to the most fascinating, and broad-reaching scientific field existing today.