Institute for Nonlinear Science

Fluctuations and Order

The New Synthesis

Editors: Millonas, Mark (Ed.)

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The volume that you have before you is the result of a growing realization that fluctuations in nonequilibrium systems playa much more important role than was 1 first believed. It has become clear that in nonequilibrium systems noise plays an active, one might even say a creative, role in processes involving self-organization, pattern formation, and coherence, as well as in biological information processing, energy transduction, and functionality. Now is not the time for a comprehensive summary of these new ideas, and I am certainly not the person to attempt such a thing. Rather, this short introductory essay (and the book as a whole) is an attempt to describe where we are at present and how the viewpoint that has evolved in the last decade or so differs from those of past decades. Fluctuations arise either because of the coupling of a particular system to an ex­ ternal unknown or "unknowable" system or because the particular description we are using is only a coarse-grained description which on some level is an approxima­ tion. We describe the unpredictable and random deviations from our deterministic equations of motion as noise or fluctuations. A nonequilibrium system is one in which there is a net flow of energy. There are, as I see it, four basic levels of sophistication, or paradigms, con­ cerning fluctuations in nature. At the lowest level of sophistication, there is an implicit assumption that noise is negligible: the deterministic paradigm.

Table of contents (26 chapters)

  • State-Dependent Noise and Interface Propagation

    Landauer, Rolf

    Pages 1-9

  • Stochastic Resonance and Its Precursors

    Dykman, M. I. (et al.)

    Pages 11-33

  • Generation of Higher Harmonics in Noisy Nonlinear Systems

    Jung, P. (et al.)

    Pages 35-52

  • Noise-Induced Linearization and Delinearization

    Stocks, N. G. (et al.)

    Pages 53-67

  • The Effect of Chaos on a Mean First-Passage Time

    Reichl, L. E. (et al.)

    Pages 69-80

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fluctuations and Order
Book Subtitle
The New Synthesis
Editors
  • Mark Millonas
Series Title
Institute for Nonlinear Science
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-3992-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-3992-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-94602-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4612-8463-5
Series ISSN
1431-4673
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 456
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