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This Set contains: Reality Rules, Picturing the World in Mathematics, Volume 1, The Fundamentals by John Casti; Reality Rules, Picturing the World in Mathematics, Volume 2, The Frontier by John Casti
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An account of the syntax and semantics of the language in which these reality rules are written--the language of mathematics. Coverage includes a discussion of computation and complexity running the gamut from Godel's Incompleteness Theorem and its connection to work in artificial intelligence to the problem of NP-completeness and the complexity of numerical algorithms to the relation between chaos and stock-price fluctuations. Each chapter contains a significant amount of research problems and ends with discussion questions. Features an extended, annotated bibliography.From the Inside Flap:
Mathematical modeling is about rules—the rules of reality. Reality Rules explores the syntax and semantics of the language in which these rules are written, the language of mathematics. Characterized by the clarity and vision typical of the author’s previous books, Reality peting dialects of this language—in the form of mathematical models of real-world phenomena—that researchers use today to frame their views of reality. Moving from the irreducible basics of modeling to the upper reaches of scientific and philosophical speculation, Volumes I and II, The Fundamentals and The Frontier, are ideal complementary texts, equally matched in difficulty, yet unique in their coverage of issues central to the contemporary modeling of complex systems. The Frontier introduces a number of application areas and/or associated techniques of modeling that complement the ideas presented in The Fundamentals. Chapter 5 shows how dynamical system theory and concepts from game theory can be brought together to shed new light on problems of population biology and ecology. This chapter also gives a mathematical account of the controversial problem of sociobiology. Chapter 6 introduces the notion of control system within the confines of linear processes. The ideas of reachability and observability are given special emphasis and used to illustrate how "good" models are constructed directly from observed data. Chapter 7 deals with the selection mechanism for inputs that,are chosen to maximize or minimize some measure of system performance, while Chapter 8 addresses the ways in which patterns in art, literature, and other fields outside of the natural sciences can be formulated in meaningful mathematical terms. Chapter 9 focuses on computation, showing why there is no difference between a computer program, a dynamical system, and a deductive logical system. The practical tutorial design of Reality Rules allows students to fully master conceptual material, while fostering creative thought. The end-of-section exercises within each chapter and the discussion questions and problems sections high-light key areas and enhance classroom and at home study. The book’s many examples not only introduce new applications of theoretical results, but also illustrate how to use the theory in a wide array of realistic situations. A Solutions Manual is also available for instructional use and self-study. Lucidly written and handsomely illustrated, Reality Rules is a fascinating journey into the conceptual underpinnings of reality itself, one that examines the major themes in dynamical system theory and modeling and the issues related to mathematical models in the broader contexts of science and philosophy. Far-reaching and far-sighted, Reality Rules is destined to shape the thought and work of students, researchers and scholars in mathematics, science, and the social sciences for generations to come.
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Book Description Wiley-Interscience, Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1992. Cloth. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. Unused pristine copies. TWO VOLUME SET. Volume I: The Fundamentals. Volume 2: The Frontier. Bound in purple cloth with titles on spines and covers. Dust jackets are unclipped, pristine, and protected in mylar. Treats mathematical modeling as the syntax of the language describing the rules of reality. Fundamentals establishes the framework and provides essential background for dealing with dynamic systems. Frontier introduces a number of application areas. Volume I: 388 pages, includes index, notes, problems. Volume 2: 424 pages with index, notes. The postal charges quoted are for an average-sized book. Due to size and weight of this item, additional postage may be required for non-domestic shipping. Sold as two-volume set only. Seller Inventory # 0471577979