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An Introduction to Complex Systems

Society, Ecology, and Nonlinear Dynamics

Authors: Fieguth, Paul

  • Offers an interdisciplinary approach, aimed at connecting the dots between the underlying physics/mathematics and macroscopic world-scale phenomena
  • Focuses on complex systems, with chapters dedicated to interacting, large scale, nonlinear and non-Gaussian systems
  • Provides ecologically and socially motivated case studies to offer substantial real-world context and motivation to the technical contents
  • Enriched with dozens of examples, boxed inserts and formulas, as well as over 300 illustrations
  • Over 100 end-of-chapter problems, most with solutions, spanning the full range of conceptual, analytical, computational, reading/essay and policy-related questions
  • Self-contained, with appendices giving an overview of the needed mathematical and conceptual background
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About this Textbook

Complex Systems lie at the heart of a variety of large-scale phenomena of great significance - global warming, ice ages, water, poverty, pandemics - and this text uses these case studies as motivations and contexts to explore complex systems and related topics of nonlinear dynamics and power-law statistics. Although detailed mathematical descriptions of these topics can be challenging, the consequences of a system being nonlinear, power-law, or complex are in fact quite accessible. This book blends a tutorial approach to the mathematical aspects of complex systems together with a complementary narrative on the global/ecological/societal implications of such systems.

Nearly all engineering undergraduate courses focus on mathematics and systems which are small scale, linear, and Gaussian. Unfortunately there is not a single large-scale ecological or social phenomenon that is scalar, linear, and Gaussian. This book offers insights to better understand the large-scale problems facing the world and to realize that these cannot be solved by a single, narrow academic field or perspective.  Instead, the book seeks to emphasize understanding, concepts, and ideas, in a way that is mathematically rigorous, so that the concepts do not feel vague, but not so technical that the mathematics get in the way. The book is intended for students in technical domains such as engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, and environmental studies.

This second edition adds nine new examples, over 30 additional problems, 50 additional figures, and three new chapters offering a detailed study of system decoupling, extensive solutions to chapter problems, and a timely discussion on the complex systems challenges associated with COVID-19 and pandemics in general.

About the authors

Paul Fieguth is a professor in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He has longstanding research interests in statistical signal and image processing, hierarchical algorithms, machine learning, and the interdisciplinary applications of such methods, particularly to problems in medical imaging, remote sensing, and scientific imaging. With Springer he has published two successful books: Statistical Image Processing and Multidimensional Modeling (2011) and An Introduction to Complex Systems (2017, 1st edition).

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eBook $59.99
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  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-63168-0
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Hardcover $74.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-63167-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Introduction to Complex Systems
Book Subtitle
Society, Ecology, and Nonlinear Dynamics
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-63168-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-63168-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-63167-3
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XIV, 465
Number of Illustrations
21 b/w illustrations
Topics