© 2014

Physics, Nature and Society

A Guide to Order and Complexity in Our World


Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Joaquín Marro
    Pages 1-21
  3. Joaquín Marro
    Pages 23-49
  4. Joaquín Marro
    Pages 51-68
  5. Joaquín Marro
    Pages 69-86
  6. Joaquín Marro
    Pages 87-108
  7. Joaquín Marro
    Pages 109-143
  8. Joaquín Marro
    Pages 145-176
  9. Joaquín Marro
    Pages 177-199
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 201-204

About this book


This wide-ranging and accessible book serves as a fascinating guide to the strategies and concepts that help us understand the boundaries between physics, on the one hand, and sociology, economics, and biology on the other. From cooperation and criticality to flock dynamics and fractals, the author addresses many of the topics belonging to the broad theme of complexity. He chooses excellent examples (requiring no prior mathematical knowledge) to illuminate these ideas and their implications. The lively style and clear description of the relevant models will appeal both to novices and those with an existing knowledge of the field.


Automata and Artificial Intelligence Chance and Necessity Interdisciplinary Concepts in Science Natural Complexity Nonlinearity and Complexity Scale Invariance and Fractals Universality and Criticality

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of GranadaGranadaSpain

About the authors

Currently on the faculty of Granada University, Joaquin Marro earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics (Barcelona, 1972) and a second one in computational physics (New York, 1975). He has authored or coauthored several books and near 200 research papers on statistical physics and on the creative use of computers, and has served in several international committees. He cofounded the Institute “Carlos I” for Theoretical and Computational Physics, and founded the biennial conference “Granada Seminar”.


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From the book reviews:

“This book, part of ‘The Frontiers Collection’ series, is a perfect introductory guide to the complex behaviors occurring throughout the world. Marro (Univ. of Granada, Spain) writes in an engaging manner, providing clear discussions about topics such as social networks, living systems, altruism, financial investment, percolation, risk taking, avalanches, consciousness, etc., and their relationship to each other. … Summing Up: Recommended. All academic library collections.” (F. Potter, Choice, Vol. 51 (11), July, 2014)