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Chaos, Information Processing and Paradoxical Games:The Legacy of John S Nicolis

The Legacy of John S Nicolis


This volume provides a self-contained survey of the mechanisms presiding information processing and communication. The main thesis is that chaos and complexity are the basic ingredients allowing systems composed of interesting subunits to generate and process information and communicate in a meaningful way. Emphasis is placed on communication in the form of games and on the related issue of decision making under conditions of uncertainty. Biological, cognitive, physical, engineering and societal systems are approached from a unifying point of view, both analytically and by numerical simulation, using the methods of nonlinear dynamics and probability theory. Epistemological issues in connection with incompleteness and self-reference are also addressed.

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  • Glimpses at Nonlinear Dynamics & Chaos:
    • Bohmian Trajectories in the Scattering Problem (G Contopoulos, N Delis and C Efthymiopoulos)
    • Scaling Properties of the Lorenz System and Dissipative Nambu Mechanics (Minos Axenides and Emmanuel Floratos)
    • Extreme Events in Nonlinear Lattices (G P Tsironis, N Lazarides, A Maluckov and Lj Hadžievski)
    • Coarse Graining Approach to Chaos (Donal MacKernan)
    • Fractal Parameter Space of Lorenz-like Attractors: A Hierarchical Approach (Tingli Xing, Jeremy Wojcik, Michael A Zaks and Andrey Shilnikov)
  • Chaos and Information:
    • Quantum Theory of Jaynes' Principle, Bayes' Theorem, and Information (Hermann Haken)
    • Information Processing with Page–Wootters States (Stam Nicolis)
    • Stochastic Resonance and Information Processing (C Nicolis)
    • Selforganization of Symbols and Information (Werner Ebeling and Rainer Feistel)
  • Biological Information Processing:
    • Historical Contingency in Controlled Evolution (Peter Schuster)
    • Long-Range Order and Fractality in the Structure and Organization of Eukaryotic Genomes (Dimitris Polychronopoulos, Giannis Tsiagkas, Labrini Athanasopoulou, Diamantis Sellis and Yannis Almirantis)
    • Towards Resolving the Enigma of HOX Gene Collinearity (Spyros Papageorgiou)
  • Complexity, Chaos & Cognition:
    • Thermodynamics of Cerebral Cortex Assayed by Measures of Mass Action (Walter J Freeman)
    • Describing the Neuron Axons Network of the Human Brain by Continuous Flow Models (J Hizanidis, P Katsaloulis, D A Verganelakis and A Provata)
    • Cognition and Language: From Apprehension to Judgment — Quantum Conjectures (F T Arecchi)
    • Dynamical Systems++ for a Theory of Biological System (Kunihiko Kaneko)
    • Logic Dynamics for Deductive Inference — Its Stability and Neural Basis (Ichiro Tsuda)
  • Dynamical Games and Collective Behaviours:
    • Microscopic Approach to Species Coexistence Based on Evolutionary Game Dynamics (Celso Grebogi, Ying-Cheng Lai and Wen-Xu Wang)
    • Phase Transitions in Models of Bird Flocking (H Christodoulidi, K van der Weele, Ch G Antonopoulos and T Bountis)
    • Animal Construction as a Free Boundary Problem: Evidence of Fractal Scaling Laws (S C Nicolis)
    • Extended Self Organised Criticality in Asynchronously Tuned Cellular Automata (Yukio-Pegio Gunji)
  • Epilogue:
    • A Posthumous Dialogue with John Nicolis: IERU (Otto E Rössler)
  • Appendix:
    • Selected References from John Nicolis' Bibliography

Readership: Graduate students, researchers, and academics from various fields interested in chaos, information processing and complexity science.
Key Features:
  • Highlights the universality, relevance and interdisciplinary dimension of chaos and complexity
  • Brings together topics and issues that have so far been addressed independently of each other and establishes unexpected connections
  • Provides complementary coverage of problems of concern as viewed by different well-established experts
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