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Excellent mathematical survey of complexity,
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This review is from: Critical Phenomena in Natural Sciences: Chaos, Fractals, Selforganization and Disorder: Concepts and Tools (Springer Series in Synergetics) (Paperback)
This book describes many mathematical techniques used to study complex systems and numerous applications. These techniques include random walks, large deviations, fractals, power laws and renormalization. A strength of the book is relating these techniques to each other and applications in several fields. The book assumes readers are comfortable with calculus and statistics. It thus complements introductory books such as Complexity: A Guided Tour and how nature works: the science of self-organized criticality.
The book includes an extensive bibliography, and provides a unifying survey of these references. Unfortunately, the index is skimpy making it difficult to quickly find particular topics when using the book as a reference. E.g., the discussions of 'coherent noise', 'finite-size scaling' an 'highly optimized tolerance' are not mentioned in the index. The text has numerous typos that would easily be found by a spell checker, giving the impression there may also be more substantive errors.
Critical Phenomena in Natural Sciences: Chaos, Fractals, Selforganization and Disorder: Concepts and Tools (Springer Series in Synergetics)(3 customer reviews)