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Energy, Information, Feedback, Adaptation, and Self-organization

The Fundamental Elements of Life and Society

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Energy, Information, Feedback, Adaptation, and Self-organization by Spyros G. Tzafestas
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This unique book offers a comprehensive and integrated introduction to the five fundamental elements of life and society: energy, information, feedback, adaptation, and self-organization. It is divided into two parts. Part I is concerned with energy (definition, history, energy types, energy sources, environmental impact); thermodynamics (laws, entropy definitions, energy, branches of thermodynamics, entropy interpretations, arrow of time); information (communication and transmission, modulation-demodulation, coding-decoding, information theory, information technology, information science, information systems); feedback control (history, classical methodologies, modern methodologies); adaptation (definition, mechanisms, measurement, complex adaptive systems, complexity, emergence); and self-organization (definitions/opinions, self-organized criticality, cybernetics, self-organization in complex adaptive systems, examples in nature). In turn, Part II studies the roles, impacts, and applications of the five above-mentioned elements in life and society, namely energy (biochemical energy pathways, energy flows through food chains, evolution of energy resources, energy and economy); information (information in biology, biocomputation, information technology in office automation, power generation/distribution, manufacturing, business, transportation), feedback (temperature, water, sugar and hydrogen ion regulation, autocatalysis, biological modeling, control of hard/technological and soft/managerial systems), adaptation and self-organization (ecosystems, climate change, stock market, knowledge management, man-made self-organized controllers, traffic lights control).
Release date NZ
January 15th, 2018
Pages
668
Edition
1st ed. 2018
Illustrations
143 Illustrations, color; 133 Illustrations, black and white; XXI, 668 p. 276 illus., 143 illus. in color.
Country of Publication
Switzerland
Imprint
Springer International Publishing AG
ISBN-13
9783319669984
Product ID
26877698

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