Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World
Author: Ian Stewart,Jack Cohen
Publisher: Penguin UK
Do we live in a simple or a complex universe? Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart explore the ability of complicated rules to generate simple behaviour in nature through 'the collapse of chaos'. 'The most startling, thought-provoking book I've read all year. I was pleased to learn that most of the things I thought I knew were wrong' -- Terry Pratchett
Author: Jürgen Court,Eberhard Loosch,Arno Müller
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
Author: Hartmut Bossel
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
Komplexe dynamische Systeme aus Technik, Umwelt und Gesellschaft sind ohne Modellbildung und Computersimulation kaum zu verstehen oder erfolgreich zu lenken. Das hierf r notwendige Wissen wird schrittweise und an konkreten Beispielen entwickelt: Wortmodell, Wirkungsstruktur, Wirkungsbeziehungen, Dimensionsanalyse, Simulationsdiagramm, Simulation, Parameterempfindlichkeit, Globalanalyse, Szenario- und Pfadanalysen, mathematische Systemanalyse, Bewertungskriterien und Bewertung, Optimierung, Systemlenkung und Regelung. F r einfache Simulationen (Schwingungen, S ttigung, Chaos, R uber-Beute-System) wird die auf jedem PC verf gbare Tabellenkalkulation verwendet. Komplexere Modelle (kleines Weltmodell, Rotationspendel, Fischereibetrieb, Balancierer) werden mit frei im Internet verf gbarer professioneller Simulations-Software entwickelt und bearbeitet. Eine kompakte Darstellung der mathematischen Systemtheorie, ein umfangreiches Literaturverzeichnis sowie Kurzbeschreibungen von etwa 100 Simulationsmodellen runden das Buch ab und geben einen berblick ber die breiten Anwendungsm glichkeiten in u.a. Technik und Physik, Klimaforschung und Pflanzenphysiologie, kosystem- und Ressourcenforschung, Betriebswirtschaft und konomie, und bei der Untersuchung gesellschaftlicher Prozesse und der globalen Entwicklung. Geeignet als Lehrbuch und Leitfaden f r Ausbildung und Systemuntersuchungen.
Author: Mel Thompson
Publisher: Hachette UK
A modern understanding of the world is unthinkable without science, but what exactly is it? What does it mean to say that something is 'scientific'? How are its results justified? From the genetic basis of life, to the structures of the universe and the atom, TEACH YOURSELF PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE explores how the key ideas that shape our world have been developed. - Investigate the history of science. - Examine scientific method. - Discover key philosophers and scientists. - Explore the impact of science on Western thought.
Publisher: vdf Hochschulverlag AG
Essays in Honor of Patrick A. Heelan, S.J.
Author: B.E. Babich
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
This richly textured book bridges analytic and hermeneutic and phenomenological philosophy of science. It features unique resources for students of the philosophy and history of quantum mechanics and the Copenhagen Interpretation, cognitive theory and the psychology of perception, the history and philosophy of art, and the pragmatic and historical relationships between religion and science.
Author: Andrzej Górski,Hubert Krotkiewski,Michal Zimecki
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
This book presents an excellent review of the mechanisms underlying the phenomena of autoimmunity. It provides not only an update of the field's state of the art, but also presents new concepts in the fundamentals and treatment of autoimmune disorders. The finest example of the new approach is understanding the nature of autoimmunity and the treatment of autoimmune diseases is the introductory article. The author opposes the current dogma that autoimmune disorders should be treated with immunosuppressors, and postulates rather the activation of the immune system, which may lead to redirecting the immune response to the protective, Th-2 type of immunity. A series of articles deals with several aspects of the subject, such as the generation, progression, and regulation of autoimmune phenomena. The roles of pathogens, apoptosis, cytokines, complement components, and regulatory T cells are described, as well as the association between the immune and neurohormonal systems in major autoimmune disorders. This is not a textbook, but it is highly recommended for clinicians and university workers, and as supplementary reading for lecturers and students.
The Strategic Role of Platinum Group Metals
Author: Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA)
Publisher: Real African Publishers
South Africa and the Global Hydrogen Economy is the publication of a MISTRA research project on the use of strategic minerals in the global putative hydrogen economy. The book highlights the global significance of platinum group metals (PGM) and explores the strategic opportunities that arise out of South Africa's endowment of these strategic resources. From their extraction to their applications in fuel cells, what options are available for the country, the region and the world to better leverage this endowment towards supporting growth and development objectives? In view of their expanding range of applications, do PGM need the hydrogen economy? Conversely, does the hydrogen economy need PGM? Addressed to all industry stakeholders, including those in the public and private sectors, the options explored in this book are based on a thorough analysis of the global dynamics that should inform policy and business models related to PGM.
Category: Natural history
the death of discourse in a wired world
Author: David Slayden,Rita Kirk Whillock
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
Category: Social Science
Drawing on the insights of a distinguished group of international scholars from a variety of disciplines, Soundbite Culture combines theory with case analysis to describe and account for the environment within which discourse has declined, and what has replaced it and why. The authors explore the implications of their premise by investigating various media, their methods, and their social, cultural and political implications. Topics include targeted direct mail campaigns, polling, infomercials, Internet identities, radio talk shows, and film depictions.
Author: Babette E. Babich
Author: Imed Boughzala,Jean-Louis Ermine
Category: Business & Economics
Strategic aspects and underlying principles of knowledge management are discussed in this guide to the effective utilization of the process within organizations. The influence of knowledge management on company performance is analyzed, and advice is given on various ways to achieve specific goals alongside company case-studies.
The Emerging Spirit of Earth
Author: Arthur Fabel,Donald Patrick St. John
Almost fifty years after his death the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French Jesuit mystic and scientist, continues to shape contemporary work in spirituality, theology, and the interaction of science and religion. These essays show how this giant of the twentieth century sheds light on the most urgent spiritual challenges of our time. Book jacket.
Quantitative Literacy for Tomorrow's America
Author: Lynn Arthur Steen
Publisher: College Board
Discusses the kind of quantitative skills students will need to reason and solve problems in the computer age
Author: A. Albert
Publisher: IOS Press ; Sainte-Foy, Quebec : Presses de l'Université du Québec
Technological Innovation for the 21st Century
Author: Robert W. Rycroft,Don E. Kash
Publisher: Thomson Learning
Category: Business & Economics
This book investigates the fundamental rethinking required by the transition to a production system whose guiding intelligence is self-organizing networks. Utilizing an exploding literature in the science of complexity and evolutionary economics, plus six detailed case studies of complex technologies that have experienced repeated innovation, this study identifies distinct innovation patterns and explores what happens when changes in these patterns occur. This volume also identifies the conditions that signal the approach of such changes and investigates the appropriate strategy and policy responses used to deal with them.
Propositions and Alternative Paths
Author: John A. Weaver,Peter Michael Appelbaum,Marla Morris
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
These original essays offer new perspectives for science educators, curriculum theorists, and cultural critics on science education, French post-structural thought, and the science debates. Included in this book are chapters on the work of Bruno Latour, Michel Serres, and Jean Baudrillard, plus chapters on postmodern approaches to science education and critiques of modern scientific assumptions in curriculum development.
How to get out from under fate's unpredictable grasp and make your life positive, productive, and happy. "Everyone else has it together; why is life such a struggle for me?" For anyone who has ever felt powerless, here is a proven way to break free from those feelings of cosmic misfortune and achieve unlimited potential. The authors offer a unique approach to taking command of the negative forces that seem beyond our control--fate, bad luck, and karma--and creating a life that brims with positive momentum and growth. Take Control of Your Life presents a transformation process that enables readers to make a friend of chaos increase good luck, get into "the flow", and use decisions to direct their lives toward their goals. Further, it will enable them to put karma on their side and reap its rewards, wield their will and leave a mark on the world, and achieve a state of ease and grace.