Nonlinear Dynamics, Mathematical Biology, And Social Science: Wise Use Of Alternative Therapies

Paperback | May 5, 1997

byJoshua M. Epstein

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These lectures develop simple models of complex social processes using nonlinear dynamics and mathematical biology. Dynamical analogies between seemingly disparate social and biological phenomena—revolutions and epidemics, arms races, and ecosystem dynamics—are revealed and exploited. Nonlinear Dynamics, Mathematical Biology, and Social Science invites social scientists to relax—in some cases abandon—the predominant assumption of perfectly informed utility maximization and explore social dynamics from such perspectives as epidemiology and predator-prey theory. The volume includes a concentrated course on nonlinear dynamical systems.

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The volume includes a concentrated course on nonlinear dynamical systems. These lectures develop simple models of complex social processes using nonlinear dynamics and mathematical biology. Dynamical analogies between seemingly disparate social and biological phenomena--revolutions and epidemics, arms races, and ecosystem dynamics--are...

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These lectures develop simple models of complex social processes using nonlinear dynamics and mathematical biology. Dynamical analogies between seemingly disparate social and biological phenomena—revolutions and epidemics, arms races, and ecosystem dynamics—are revealed and exploited. Nonlinear Dynamics, Mathematical Biology, and Socia...

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The volume includes a concentrated course on nonlinear dynamical systems. These lectures develop simple models of complex social processes using nonlinear dynamics and mathematical biology. Dynamical analogies between seemingly disparate social and biological phenomena--revolutions and epidemics, arms races, and ecosystem dynamics--are...

Joshua M. Epstein is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at The Brookings Institution and a Member of the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from M.I.T., and has taught Complex Systems at Princeton and the Santa Fe Institute Summer School. His books include Measuring Military Power; Conven...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.41 inPublished:May 5, 1997Publisher:Avalon Publishing

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ISBN - 10:0201419882

ISBN - 13:9780201419887

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The volume includes a concentrated course on nonlinear dynamical systems. These lectures develop simple models of complex social processes using nonlinear dynamics and mathematical biology. Dynamical analogies between seemingly disparate social and biological phenomena--revolutions and epidemics, arms races, and ecosystem dynamics--are revealed and exploited. Nonlinear Dynamics, Mathematical Biology, and Social Science invited social scientists to relax--in some cases abandon--the predominant assumption of perfectly informed utility maximization and explore social dynamics from such perspectives as epidemiology and predator-prey theory.