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

The Fundamental Elements of Life and Society


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 39-72
  3. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 73-155
  4. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 219-276
  5. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 337-408
  6. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 409-460
  7. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 461-488
  8. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 489-534
  9. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 535-573
  10. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 575-625
  11. Spyros G. Tzafestas
    Pages 627-660
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 661-668

About this book


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).


Energy pathways Thermodynamics Feedback and control Self-organization Complex adaptive systems Biological modeling Information theory Self-organized controllers

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Electrical and Computer EngineeringNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece

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