Symmetry and Complexity: The Spirit and Beauty of Nonlinear Science

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Cosmic evolution leads from symmetry to complexity by symmetry breaking and phase transitions. The emergence of new order and structure in nature and society is explained by physical, chemical, biological, social and economic self-organization, according to the laws of nonlinear dynamics. All these dynamical systems are considered computational systems processing information and entropy. Are symmetry and complexity only useful models of science or are they universals of reality? Symmetry and Complexity discusses the fascinating insights gained from natural, social and computer sciences, philosophy and the arts. With many diagrams and pictures, this book illustrates the spirit and beauty of nonlinear science. In the complex world of globalization, it strongly argues for unity in diversity.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages437
ISBN (Electronic)9789812569400
ISBN (Print)9812561927
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes


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