This book accompanies our course and works as a quick overview to the area of social complexity.
This book is an introduction to the area of systems ecology, the application of systems theory to the study of ecosystems. Systems ecology uses mathematical modeling and computation to try and understand the networks of interactions between biotic and abiotic elements that give rise to the complex system of an ecology on all scales, from modeling the flow of energy within a microbial ecosystem to trying to understand the nonlinear dynamics of earth’s entire biosphere. Taking an integrative and interdisciplinary approach it bridges many areas from physics and biology to the social sciences. Whereas traditional ecology has studied ecosystems with little reference to human society,
This book is an introduction to the application of complexity theory to the design and engineering of systems within the context of the 21st century. From the bigger picture of why we should care to key architectural considerations,
Every time we buy a product in the supermarket, take a flight, recharge our phone or send an email we are forming part of what we call complex engineered systems
This book is an accompaniment to our game theory course which works as a gentle beginners guide to game theory and the dynamics of cooperation and competition
This book is designed around four main sections, after giving an overview of emergence theory we go on to talk about patterns of correlation in general before looking at synergistic interactions that are the foundations to emergence.
This book is broken down into four main sections, where we will look at the major themes of cognition, logic, reasoning and argumentation. The first section looks at human cognition to understand the basic biological and evolutionary constraints placed on us when it comes to effective reasoning. Here we will talk about how the brain works, look at some of the central insights from cognitive science and talk about some of the many limitations and flaws prevalent within human cognition.
This book is an introduction to the key concepts within systems theory. Systems theory has been defined as an approach that attempts to balance holistic and analytical reasoning. In systems theory, it is argued that the only way to
This book is an overview of the area of systems thinking and theory that is designed to be accessible to a broad group of people. The book is focused on two primary achievements; firstly providing you with the key concepts that will enable y