Reality Rules, The Fundamentals

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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An Instructor's Manual presenting detailed solutions to all the problems in the book is available from the Wiley editorial department.

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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:416 pages, 9.84 × 7.01 × 0.79 inPublished:March 27, 1997Publisher:Wiley

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Table of Contents

The Ways of Modelmaking: Natural Systems and Formal Mathematical Representations.

Catastrophes, Dynamics and Life: The Singularities of Ecological and Natural Resource Systems.

Pattern and the Emergence of Living Forms: Cellular Automata and Discrete Dynamics.

Order in Chaos: Variety and Pattern in the Flow of Fluids, Populations and Money.

Index.

From Our Editors

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.