Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 96 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 in
Published: October 15, 1992
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0471589411
ISBN - 13: 9780471589419
Table of Contents
The Ways of Modelmaking: Natural Systems and Formal Mathematical
Catastrophes, Dynamics and Life: The Singularities of Ecological
and Natural Resource Systems.
Pattern and the Emergence of Living Forms: Cellular Automata and
Order in Chaos: Variety and Pattern in the Flow of Fluids,
Populations and Money.
From the Publisher
"Casti Tours offers the most spectacular vistas of modern applied
Mathematical modeling is about rules???the rules of reality.
Reality Rules explores the syntax and semantics of the language in
which these rules are written, the language of mathematics.
Characterized by the clarity and vision typical of the author''s
previous books, Reality Rules is a window onto the competing
dialects of this language???in the form of mathematical models of
real-world phenomena???that researchers use today to frame their
views of reality.
Moving from the irreducible basics of modeling to the upper reaches
of scientific and philosophical speculation, Volumes 1 and 2, The
Fundamentals and The Frontier, are ideal complements, equally
matched in difficulty, yet unique in their coverage of issues
central to the contemporary modeling of complex systems.
Engagingly written and handsomely illustrated, Reality Rules is a
fascinating journey into the conceptual underpinnings of reality
itself, one that examines the major themes in dynamical system
theory and modeling and the issues related to mathematical models
in the broader contexts of science and philosophy. Far-reaching and
far-sighted, Reality Rules is destined to shape the insight and
work of students, researchers, and scholars in mathematics,
science, and the social sciences for generations to come.
Of related interest . . .
Mathematical Models of Nature and Man
John L. Casti
A thoroughly modern account of the theory and practice of
mathematical modeling with a treatment focusing on system-theoretic
concepts such as complexity, self-organization, adaptation,
bifurcation, resilience, surprise and uncertainty, and the
mathematical structures needed to employ these in a formal
An Instructor''s Manual presenting detailed solutions to all the
problems in the book is available from the Wiley editorial