By Paul Fieguth

ISBN-10: 3319446053

ISBN-13: 9783319446059

ISBN-10: 3319446061

ISBN-13: 9783319446066

This undergraduate textual content explores a number of large-scale phenomena - worldwide warming, ice a long time, water, poverty - and makes use of those case experiences as a motivation to discover nonlinear dynamics, power-law records, and complicated platforms. even supposing the unique mathematical descriptions of those themes could be demanding, the results of a procedure being nonlinear, power-law, or complicated are in reality rather obtainable. This booklet blends an academic method of the mathematical facets of complicated platforms including a complementary narrative at the global/ecological/societal implications of such systems.

Nearly all engineering undergraduate classes specialise in arithmetic and platforms that are small scale, linear, and Gaussian. regrettably there's not a unmarried large-scale ecological or social phenomenon that's scalar, linear, and Gaussian. This booklet bargains scholars insights to higher comprehend the large-scale difficulties dealing with the area and to gain that those can't be solved by means of a unmarried, slim educational box or viewpoint.

Instead, the e-book seeks to stress figuring out, ideas, and ideas, in a manner that's mathematically rigorous, in order that the strategies don't feel obscure, yet no longer so technical that the math get within the means. The ebook is meant for undergraduate scholars in a technical area corresponding to engineering, desktop technology, physics, arithmetic, and environmental studies.

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The classic texts are the large and thorough works of Tainter [17] and Diamond [2]. 3 Systems of Systems 35 Homer-Dixon [7]. The extreme perspective of the technological singularity had quite balanced coverage in an IEEE Spectrum issue [1]. • Soil and Nutrients: A little outside the scope of this book, but a bit of a passion of mine. If you’re interested, the book by Salatin [12] is quite inspiring, and the book by Weaver [19] from a century ago has beautiful drawings of underground root systems.

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