Complexification by John L. Casti
Explaining a Paradoxical World Through the Science of Surprise

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A mathematician explores how complexity arises, showing how the universe consists of unpredictable ""dynamical systems"" so subtle that human logic cannot fathom them and laying the groundwork for a ""Science of Surprise."" 30,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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About the author John L. Casti is a Professor at the Institute for Econometrics, Operations Research, and System Theory at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria. He is the author or editor of nine books, including, most recently, Linear Dynamical Systems and Paradigms Lost: Conflicting Visions of Reality in Modern Science, a science book for the general reader. In addition, he has published over 70 research papers. Professor Casti received his PhD in mathematics from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1970.
Published January 1, 1994 by ABACUS. 320 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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After an almost old-fashioned undergraduate review of basic concepts of dynamical systems, Casti shows how formal complexity models proceed from the basic ``surprises.'' Always more interested in instructing than in dazzling with sensational and obtuse ideas, Casti steers the reader toward an und...

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