Six Sources of Collapse (Spectrum) UK ed. Edition
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Hadlock's writing is invariably clear and concise, yet informal and appealing, as befits a mathematical memoirist. The book is by no means a textbook, although it could be regarded as a compendium of modules suitable for presentation to undergraduates at various stages of development by instructors seeking to enhance their lectures with a smattering of genuine applications. For that reason alone, every teaching mathematician should own a copy of this book! --James Case, SIAM News
Complex human-made and natural systems sometimes collapse or fail in very dramatic fashion. The new field of complexity theory has arisen from attempts to find general explanations for the behavior of these systems. Here, Hadlock (mathematics, Bentley Univ.) introduces some key mathematical ideas in complexity theory, including fat-tailed probability distributions, evolution and game theory, feedback loops, chaos and catastrophes in dynamical systems, and the behavior of large-scale networks. The book is organized into chapters that can be read independently, but taken as whole it provides a very broad overview of the mathematical ideas behind complexity theory. Readers need some knowledge of calculus, differential equations, and probability to fully understand the material, but this book requires less mathematical background than many other books on this topic. It would be suitable for undergraduate students in science and engineering as well as students in the social sciences and management. ----B. Borchers, CHOICE
- Item Weight : 1.19 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 0883855798
- Hardcover : 220 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0883855799
- Publisher : American Mathematical Society; UK ed. Edition (December 31, 2012)
- Product Dimensions : 6.97 x 0.59 x 9.96 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,184,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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