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SpringerBriefs in Complexity

The Universe as Automaton

From Simplicity and Symmetry to Complexity

Authors: Mainzer, Klaus, Chua, Leon

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This Brief is an essay at the interface of philosophy and complexity research, trying to inspire the reader with new ideas and new conceptual developments of cellular automata. Going beyond the numerical experiments of Steven Wolfram, it is argued that cellular automata must be considered complex dynamical systems in their own right, requiring appropriate analytical models in order to find precise answers and predictions in the universe of cellular automata.

Indeed, eventually we have to ask whether cellular automata can be considered models of the real world and, conversely, whether there are limits to our modern approach of attributing the world, and the universe for that matter, essentially a digital reality.

About the authors

Leon Chuas awards include:

IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award, 2005"
Top 15 most cited Author in Engineering Award, 2002
(This award was chosen from the Current Contents (ISI) data base of all cited papers in the Engineering discipline (all branches of engineering) indexed from 1991 to October 31, 2001.)
IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award, 2000
IEEE Third Millenium Medal, 2000
IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Golden Jubilee Medal, 2000
Mac Van Valkenburg Award (1995 and 1998)
IEEE Centennial Medal, 1985
Alexander von Humboldt Senior US Scientist Award, 1982
Frederick Emmons Award, 1974
IEEE W. R. G. Baker Prize Award, 1973
IEEE Browder J. Thompson Memorial Prize Award, 1973

and he holds several honoris cause doctorates.

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“This book contains a great deal of some central topics and actual problems of cellular automata theory. It is an introduction which emphasizes the mathematically interesting and beauty aspects of cellular automata and complex dynamical systems as well as their synthesis on an ambitious level suitable for graduate students and researchers. … To understand the complex computational world, the authors stress that cellular automata are an excellent instructional tool.” (Hasan Akin, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1237, 2012)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Universe as Automaton
Book Subtitle
From Simplicity and Symmetry to Complexity
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Complexity
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-23477-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-23477-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-23476-7
Series ISSN
2191-5326
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 108
Number of Illustrations
30 illustrations in colour
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