The first part of this book provides the necessary mathematical and computational tools and the second part helps the reader develop the intuition needed to deal with these systems. The content of some of the first few chapters has been covered in several other books, but the emphasis and selection of the topics reflect both the authors’ interests and the overall theme of the book. The second part contains an introduction to the scientific literature and deals in some detail with the description of the complex phenomena of a physical and biological nature, for example, disordered magnetic materials, superconductors and glasses, models of co-evolution in ecosystems and even of ant behaviour. These heterogeneous topics are all dealt with in detail using similar analytical techniques.
This book emphasizes the unity of complex dynamics and provides the tools needed to treat a large number of complex systems of current interest. The ideas and the approach to complex dynamics it presents have not appeared in book form elsewhere.