Understanding Complex Systems

Uncertainty and Surprise in Complex Systems

Questions on Working with the Unexpected

Editors: McDaniel, Reuben R., Driebe, Dean (Eds.)

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Complexity science has been a source of new insight in physical and social systems and has demonstrated that unpredictability and surprise are fundamental aspects of the world around us. This book is the outcome of a discussion meeting of leading scholars and critical thinkers with expertise in complex systems sciences and leaders from a variety of organizations sponsored by the Prigogine Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the Plexus Institute to explore strategies for understanding uncertainty and surprise. Besides distributions to the conference it includes a key digest by the editors as well as a commentary by the late nobel laureat Ilya Prigogine, "Surprises in half of a century". The book is intended for researchers and scientists in complexity science as well as for a broad interdisciplinary audience of both practitioners and scholars. It will well serve those interested in the research issues and in the application of complexity science to physical and social systems.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • 1 Uncertainty and Surprise: An Introduction

    McDaniel, Reuben R. (et al.)

    Pages 3-11

  • 2 Surprises in a Half Century

    Prigogine†, Ilya

    Pages 13-16

  • 3 Complexity, Uncertainty and Surprise: An Integrated View

    Driebe, Dean J. (et al.)

    Pages 19-30

  • 4 The Evolutionary Complexity of Social Economic Systems: The Inevitability of Uncertainty and Surprise

    Allen, Peter M. (et al.)

    Pages 31-50

  • 5 Managing the Unexpected: Complexity as Distributed Sensemaking

    Weick, Karl E.

    Pages 51-65

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Uncertainty and Surprise in Complex Systems
Book Subtitle
Questions on Working with the Unexpected
Editors
  • Reuben R. McDaniel
  • Dean Driebe
Series Title
Understanding Complex Systems
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-32372-3
DOI
10.1007/b13122
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-23773-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-06272-8
Series ISSN
1860-0832
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 202
Topics