How Nature Works

Complexity in Interdisciplinary Research and Applications

  • Ivan Zelinka
  • Ali Sanayei
  • Hector Zenil
  • Otto E. Rössler

Part of the Emergence, Complexity and Computation book series (ECC, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Joost J. Joosten
    Pages 51-63
  3. Natalja Strelkowa
    Pages 161-194
  4. Victor J. Law, Feidhlim T. O’Neill, Denis P. Dowling
    Pages 195-216
  5. Tatyana A. Smaglichenko, Maria K. Sayankina, Alexander V. Smaglichenko
    Pages 217-235
  6. Ivan Zelinka, Petr Saloun, Roman Senkerik, Michal Pavelch
    Pages 237-276
  7. Roman Senkerik, Donald Davendra, Ivan Zelinka, Zuzana Oplatkova
    Pages 277-290

About this book


This book is based on the outcome of the “2012 Interdisciplinary Symposium on Complex Systems” held at the island of Kos.  The book consists of 12 selected papers of the symposium starting with a comprehensive overview and classification of complexity problems, continuing by chapters about complexity, its observation, modeling and its applications to solving various problems including real-life applications. More exactly, readers will have an encounter with the structural complexity of vortex flows, the use of chaotic dynamics within evolutionary algorithms, complexity in synthetic biology, types of complexity hidden inside evolutionary dynamics and possible controlling methods, complexity of rugged landscapes, and more. All selected papers represent innovative ideas, philosophical overviews and state-of-the-art discussions on aspects of complexity. 

The book will be useful as instructional material for senior undergraduate and entry-level graduate students in computer science, physics, applied mathematics and engineering-type work in the area of complexity. The book will also be valuable as a resource of knowledge for practitioners who want to apply complexity to solve real-life problems in their own challenging applications. The authors and editors hope that readers will be inspired to do their own experiments and simulations, based on information reported in this book, thereby moving beyond the scope of the book.


Complex Networks Complex and Adaptive Dyanmical Systems Complexity Evolution of Complexity Modeling Complex Systems Self-Organized systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Ivan Zelinka
    • 1
  • Ali Sanayei
    • 2
  • Hector Zenil
    • 3
  • Otto E. Rössler
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Electrical Engineering andVŠB-TUOOstrava-PorubaCzech Republic
  2. 2., Institute for Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany
  3. 3.Kroto Research Institute, Department of Computer ScienceThe University of SheffieldPortobelloUnited Kingdom
  4. 4., Institute for Physical andUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-00253-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-00254-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2194-7287
  • Series Online ISSN 2194-7295
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