Human Dynamics: Multidisciplinary Complexity Science – Information Page

Human Dynamics: Multidisciplinary Complexity Science – Information Page

Ecosystems, the human psyche-soma, ant colonies, the Internet, and economic networks are all complex systems displaying collective behavior and emergence beyond the sum of their parts. Complexity science systematically investigates these emergent phenomena and stretches across and beyond disciplines. Human Dynamics: Multidisciplinary Complexity Science is a series of topical volumes that provides an authoritative source for understanding and applying the concepts, tools, and measures of complexity theory for analyzing complex systems in all fields of science with a particular focus on human dynamics. Many phenomena at all scales in science have the characteristics of complex systems. They can be fully understood only through the transdisciplinary perspectives, theories, and tools of self-organization, synergetics, dynamical systems, turbulence, catastrophes, instabilities, nonlinearity, stochastic processes, chaos, neural networks, cellular automata, adaptive systems, genetic algorithms, quantum theories, and so on. All these seemingly diverse phenomena and structure formations have essential features and underlying structures in common. These profound structural similarities can be exploited to transfer or translate analytical methods and understanding from one field to another. This unique work will extend the influence of complexity and system science to a broader audience.

Series Editors
Franco F Orsucci
University College London, UK
Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Institute for Complexity Studies & Mind Force Society, Rome, Italy

Nicoletta Sala
Institute for Complexity Studies, Rome, Italy
CERFIM – Research Center for Mathematics and Physics, Locarno, Switzerland
ISSI – Institute of Scientific and Interdisciplinary Studies, Locarno, Switzerland

Editorial Board
Frederick D Abraham, Blueberry Brain Institute, VA, USA
Joanna Baines, Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Elio Conte, University of Bari, Italy
Giulio De Felice, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Liane Gabora, University of British Columbia, Canada
Omar Gelo, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
Alessandro Giuliani, Italian National Institute of Health, Rome, Italy
Miran Možina, Sigmund Freud University, Slovenia
Paul Peluso, Florida Atlantic University, Miami, USA
Laurent Pezard, Universite’ Renee Descartes, France
Felicitas Rost, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
Sergio Salvatore, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
Günter Schiepek, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria
Gabriele Serafini, Cusano University, Rome, Italy
Wolfgang Tschacher, University of Basel, Switzerland
Chuck Webber, Loyola University, Chicago, USA

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