This book explains a certain way of appreciating "the world filled with nonlinearity." The most important charactereristic of the nonlinear world is the fact that disparate space-time scales interfere with each other. This leads to various peculiar phenomena such as chaos, critical phenomena, complex biological phenomena, etc. Conceptual Analysis and Phenomenology are the keys to describing and understanding these complicated phenomena. A precise description of unfamiliar phenomena requires precise concepts and their phenomenological descriptions. Thus, the book starts with a conceptual analysis of chaos and randomness, and then goes on to explain renormalization group theory as a means of extracting phenomenology from various phenomena. Next, a method for expressing what we have understood about phenomena modeling (abduction) is outlined. The book explains how the study of so-called complex systems misunderstands genuine complexity and closes in an open-ended fashion, discussing how we should approach biology as physicists.
- Science, Mathematics
- Physics, Life Sciences / General, Applied
- October 31, 2012
- October 30, 2012