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Author Forrest, Jeffrey Yi-Lin, 1959- author.

Title Systems science : methodological approaches / Yi Lin, Xiaojun Duan, Chengli Zhao, Lida Xu
Published Boca Raton : CRC Press, [2013]


Description 1 online resource (xx, 367 pages) : illustrations
Series Advances in systems science and engineering
Advances in systems science and engineering.
Contents Ch. 1. A brief history of systems science -- ch. 2. Concepts, characteristics, and classifications of systems -- ch. 3. Nonlinear systems dynamics and catastrophe -- ch. 4. Self-organization : dissipative structures and synergetics -- ch. 5. Chaos -- ch. 6. Fractals -- ch. 7. Complex systems and complexity -- ch. 8. Complex adaptive systems -- ch. 9. Open complex giant systems -- ch. 10. Complex networks -- ch. 11. Case studies
Summary "Preface It was in the year 1978 when Mr. Chi Xu published his head-turning reportage, entitled The Goldbach Conjecture, that Chinese people with great national enthusiasm learned about Jingrun Chen, a mathematician, and his life-long attempt to prove the problem of 1 + 1 = 2, a shining star on the mathematical crown. However, as of the present day, the public is still not adequately acquainted with systems science and the fundamental idea behind 1 + 1> 2. Within the landscape of modern science, at the same time when disciplines are further and further refined and narrowed, interdisciplinary studies appear in abundance. As science further develops and human understanding of nature deepens, it is discovered that many systems interact nonlinearly with each other and do not satisfy the property of additivity. Their emergent irreversibility and sensitivity cannot be analyzed and understood by using the methodology of the traditional reductionism. Facing this challenge, systems science appeared in response of time. The most fundamental characteristic of this science is the concept of "emergence": The whole that consists of a large number of individuals that interact with each other according to some elementary rules possesses some complicated properties. That is, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts (1 + 1> 2). The basic tasks of systems science are the exploration of complexity and the discovery of elementary laws that govern complex systems of different kinds so that by making use of the principles of systems science, one can explain many complicated and numerous matters and events of the kaleidoscopic world and provide different control mechanisms"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes English
Online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed February 19, 2013)
Subject System theory.
Systems Theory
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Information Management.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Engineering (General)
SCIENCE -- System Theory.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Operations Research.
System theory.
Form Electronic book
Author Duan, Xiaojun, author
Zhao, Chengli, author
Xu, Li D., author.
ISBN 9781439895528