Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering

Energy, Information, Feedback, Adaptation, and Self-organization

The Fundamental Elements of Life and Society

Authors: Tzafestas, Spyros G.

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  • Presents fundamental concepts, principles, and methodologies
  • Includes a large number of color illustrations and real-world examples
  • Offers a unique, integrated overview of the five fundamental elements of life and society
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This unique book offers a comprehensive and integrated introduction to the five fundamental elements of life and society: energy, information, feedback, adaptation, and self-organization. It is divided into two parts. Part I is concerned with energy (definition, history, energy types, energy sources, environmental impact); thermodynamics (laws, entropy definitions, energy, branches of thermodynamics, entropy interpretations, arrow of time); information (communication and transmission, modulation–demodulation, coding–decoding, information theory, information technology, information science, information systems); feedback control (history, classical methodologies, modern methodologies); adaptation (definition, mechanisms, measurement, complex adaptive systems, complexity, emergence); and self-organization (definitions/opinions, self-organized criticality, cybernetics, self-organization in complex adaptive systems, examples in nature).

In turn, Part II studies the roles, impacts, and applications of the five above-mentioned elements in life and society, namely energy (biochemical energy pathways, energy flows through food chains, evolution of energy resources, energy and economy); information (information in biology, biocomputation, information technology in office automation, power generation/distribution, manufacturing, business, transportation), feedback (temperature, water, sugar and hydrogen ion regulation, autocatalysis, biological modeling, control of hard/technological and soft/managerial systems), adaptation and self-organization (ecosystems, climate change, stock market, knowledge management, man-made self-organized controllers, traffic lights control).

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Life and Human Society: The Five Fundamental Elements

    Pages 1-38

    Tzafestas, Spyros G.

  • Energy I: General Issues

    Pages 39-72

    Tzafestas, Spyros G.

  • Energy II: Thermodynamics

    Pages 73-155

    Tzafestas, Spyros G.

  • Information I: Communication, Transmission, and Information Theory

    Pages 157-217

    Tzafestas, Spyros G.

  • Information II: Science, Technology, and Systems

    Pages 219-276

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Buy this book

eBook 149,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-66999-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase and usable on all devices
  • Bulk discounts available
Hardcover 259,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
Softcover 187,19 €
price for Spain (gross)
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Energy, Information, Feedback, Adaptation, and Self-organization
Book Subtitle
The Fundamental Elements of Life and Society
Authors
Series Title
Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering
Series Volume
90
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-66999-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-66999-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-66998-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88361-8
Series ISSN
2213-8986
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 668
Number of Illustrations
133 b/w illustrations, 143 illustrations in colour
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