What Is a Complex System?

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Yale University Press, 5 aug 2020 - 160 pagina's
A clear, concise introduction to the quickly growing field of complexity science that explains its conceptual and mathematical foundations

What is a complex system? Although “complexity science” is used to understand phenomena as diverse as the behavior of honeybees, the economic markets, the human brain, and the climate, there is no agreement about its foundations. In this introduction for students, academics, and general readers, philosopher of science James Ladyman and physicist Karoline Wiesner develop an account of complexity that brings the different concepts and mathematical measures applied to complex systems into a single framework. They introduce the different features of complex systems, discuss different conceptions of complexity, and develop their own account. They explain why complexity science is so important in today’s world.
 

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1 Introduction
1
2 Examples of Complex Systems
19
3 Features of Complex Systems
63
4 Measuring Features of Complex Systems
87
5 What Is a Complex System?
117
Appendix Some Mathematical Background
135
Bibliography
143
Index
163
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Over de auteur (2020)

James Ladyman is professor of philosophy at the University of Bristol and works mainly in the philosophy of science. Karoline Wiesner is associate professor of mathematics at the University of Bristol and uses information theory to understand complex systems.

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