Reality Rules, The Frontier

Paperback | March 27, 1997

byJohn Casti

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"Casti Tours offers the most spectacular vistas of modern applied mathematics."-- Nature

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.

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This fascinating journey into the conceptual underpinnings of reality itself examines the major themes in dynamical system theory and modeling and the issues related to mathematical models in the broader context of science and philosophy. Far-reaching and far-sighted, it will shape the thought and work of mathematicians for generations...

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"Casti Tours offers the most spectacular vistas of modern applied mathematics."-- NatureMathematical 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'...

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"Casti Tours offers the most spectacular vistas of modern applied mathematics."— Nature 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...

John L. Casti is a member of the faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and a professor at the Technical University of Vienna. He is the author of Alternate Realities, Paradigms Lost, Searching for Certainty, Complexification, and Five Golden Rules. Dr. Casti is the executive editor of Complexity, a journal published by John Wiley.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.92 × 6.97 × 0.87 inPublished:March 27, 1997Publisher:Wiley

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Table of Contents

Strategies for Survival: Competition, Games and the Theory of Evolution.

The Analytical Engine: A System-Theoretic View of Brains, Minds and Mechanisms.

Taming Nature and Man: Control, Anticipation and Adaptation in Social and Biological Processes.

The Geometry of Human Affairs: Connective Structure in Art, Literature and Games of Chance.

The Mystique of Mechanism: Computation, Complexity and the Limits to Reason.

How Do We Know?: Myths, Models and Paradigms in the Creation of Beliefs.

Index.

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This fascinating journey into the conceptual underpinnings of reality itself examines the major themes in dynamical system theory and modeling and the issues related to mathematical models in the broader context of science and philosophy. Far-reaching and far-sighted, it will shape the thought and work of mathematicians for generations to come.