An Introduction to Complex Systems: Society, Ecology, and by Paul Fieguth

By Paul Fieguth

This undergraduate textual content explores quite a few large-scale phenomena - international warming, ice a long time, water, poverty - and makes use of those case experiences as a motivation to discover nonlinear dynamics, power-law records, and complicated structures. even though the special mathematical descriptions of those subject matters might be not easy, the results of a procedure being nonlinear, power-law, or complicated are in reality rather obtainable. This publication blends an academic method of the mathematical elements of advanced platforms including a complementary narrative at the global/ecological/societal implications of such systems.

Nearly all engineering undergraduate classes concentrate on arithmetic and structures that are small scale, linear, and Gaussian. regrettably there's not a unmarried large-scale ecological or social phenomenon that's scalar, linear, and Gaussian. This publication bargains scholars insights to higher comprehend the large-scale difficulties dealing with the area and to achieve that those can't be solved through a unmarried, slender educational box or standpoint.

Instead, the ebook seeks to stress knowing, options, and concepts, in a manner that's mathematically rigorous, in order that the ideas don't feel obscure, yet no longer so technical that the math get within the means. The booklet is meant for undergraduate scholars in a technical area resembling engineering, laptop technological know-how, physics, arithmetic, and environmental studies.

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