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Chaos and Determinism: Turbulence as a Paradigm for Complex Systems Converging toward Final States

By: A Favre, H Guitton, G Guitton, A Lichnerowicz and E Wolff

176 pages, 23 illus

Johns Hopkins University Press

Paperback | Mar 1995 | #41089 | ISBN: 0801849128
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Members of the French Academy from several disciplines offer scientific and philosophical analyses of concepts of order, chaos and determinism as they emerge in such complex systems as atmosphere, oceans and biological organisms. NB: Originally published in French in 1988.

I found this most unusual book to be very stimulating. It really did achieve its objective of breaking academic barriers.--Julian C. R. Hunt, reviewing the French edition


Methods, concepts and vocabulary; turbulence in fluid mechanics; the atmosphere and the hydrosphere - the media of life; physical theories - groups, the calculus of variations, relativity, statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics; biology; economics, turbulence and chaos; conclusions; a philosopher's reflections, Jean Guitton.

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