Springer Series in Synergetics

Complex Systems — Operational Approaches in Neurobiology, Physics, and Computers

Proceedings of the International Symposium on Synergetics at Schloß Elmau, Bavaria, May 6–11, 1985

Editors: Haken, Hermann (Ed.)

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A great deal of the success of science has rested on its specific methods. One of which has been to start with the study of simple phenomena such as that of falling bodies, or to decompose systems into parts with well-defined properties simpler than those of the total system. In our time there is a growing awareness that in many cases of great practical or scientific interest, such as economics or the hu­ man brain, we have to deal with truly complex systems which cannot be decomposed into their parts without losing crucial properties of the total system. In addi­ tion, complex systems have many facets and can be looked at from many points of view. Whenever a complicated problem arises, some scientists or other people are ready to invent lots of beautiful words, or to quote Goethe "denn immer wo Begriffe feh­ len, dort stellt ein Wort zur rechten Zeit sich ein" ("whenever concepts are lack­ king, a word appears at the right time"). Quite often such a procedure gives not only the layman but also scientists working in fields different from that of the in­ ventor of these new words the impression that this problem has been solved, and I am occasionally shocked to see how influential this kind of "linguistics" has become.

Table of contents (27 chapters)

  • Operational Approaches to Complex Systems. An Introduction

    Haken, H.

    Pages 1-13

  • Effects of Finite Population Size and Other Stochastic Phenomena in Molecular Evolution

    Schuster, P.

    Pages 16-35

  • Computation of Sensory Information by the Visual System of the Fly (From Behaviour to Neuronal Circuitry)

    Reichardt, W.

    Pages 38-57

  • Multi-Neuron Experiments: Observation of State in Neural Nets

    Gerstein, G. (et al.)

    Pages 58-70

  • Investigation of a Small Volume of Neocortex with Multiple Microelectrodes: Evidence for Principles of Self-Organization

    Krüger, J.

    Pages 71-80

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Complex Systems — Operational Approaches in Neurobiology, Physics, and Computers
Book Subtitle
Proceedings of the International Symposium on Synergetics at Schloß Elmau, Bavaria, May 6–11, 1985
Editors
  • Hermann Haken
Series Title
Springer Series in Synergetics
Series Volume
31
Copyright
1985
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-70795-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-70795-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-70797-1
Series ISSN
0172-7389
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 365
Number of Illustrations and Tables
13 b/w illustrations
Topics