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Bigger than chaos : understanding complexity through probability

Author: Michael Strevens
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003.
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Many complex systems - from immensely complicated ecosystems to minute assemblages of molecules - surprise us with their simple behaviour. Consider, for instance, the snowflake, in which a number of  Read more...

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Strevens, Michael.
Bigger than chaos.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003
(DLC) 2002192237
(OCoLC)51088130
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Strevens
ISBN: 9780674044067 0674044061
OCLC Number: 433609027
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 413 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 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
Responsibility: Michael Strevens.
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