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Bigger than Chaos

Understanding Complexity through Probability

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$37.50 • £30.95 • €34.00

ISBN 9780674022591

Publication Date: 09/30/2006

Short

432 pages

5-11/16 x 8-15/16 inches

39 line illustrations

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  • Note to the Reader
  • 1. The Simple Behavior of Complex Systems
    • 1.1 Simplicity in Complex Systems
    • 1.2 Enion Probability Analysis
    • 1.3 Towards an Understanding of Enion Probabilities
  • 2. The Physics of Complex Probability
    • 2.1 Complex Probability Quantified
    • 2.2 Microconstant Probability
    • 2.3 The Interpretation of IC-Variable Distributions
    • 2.4 Probabilistic Networks
    • 2.5 Standard IC-Variables
    • 2.6 Complex Probability and Probabilistic Laws
    • 2.7 Effective and Critical IC-Values
    • 2.A The Method of Arbitrary Functions
    • 2.B More on the Tossed Coin
    • 2.C Proofs
  • 3. The Independence of Complex Probabilities
    • 3.1 Stochastic Independence and Selection Rules
    • 3.2 Probabilities of Composite Events
    • 3.3 Causal Independence
    • 3.4 Microconstancy and Independence
    • 3.5 The Probabilistic Patterns Explained
    • 3.6 Causally Coupled Experiments
    • 3.7 Chains of Linked IC-Values
    • 3.A Conditional Probability
    • 3.B Proofs
  • 4. The Simple Behavior of Complex Systems Explained
    • 4.1 Representing Complex Systems
    • 4.2 Enion Probabilities and Their Experiments
    • 4.3 The Structure of Microdynamics
    • 4.4 Microconstancy and Independence of Enion Probabilities
    • 4.5 Independence of Microdynamic Probabilities
    • 4.6 Aggregation of Enion Probabilities
    • 4.7 Grand Conditions for Simple Macrolevel Behavior
    • 4.8 Statistical Physics
    • 4.9 Population Ecology
  • 5. Implications for the Philosophy of the Higher-Level Sciences
    • 5.1 Reduction
    • 5.2 Higher-Level Laws
    • 5.3 Causal Relevance
    • 5.4 The Social Sciences
    • 5.5 The Mathematics of Complex Systems
    • 5.6 Are There Simple Probabilities?
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Index

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