© 1997

From Instability to Intelligence

Complexity and Predictability in Nonlinear Dynamics


Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics Monographs book series (LNPMGR, volume 49)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Introduction

    1. Pages 1-7
  3. Predictability in Classical Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Pages 133-238
  4. Terminal (Non-Lipschitz) Dynamics in Biology and Physics

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 529-552

About this book


This book deals with predictability and dynamical concepts in biology and physics. The main emphasis is on intrinsic stochasticity caused by the instability of dynamical equations. In particular, the authors present for the first time in book form their concept of terminal dynamics. They demonstrate that instability as an attribute of dynamical models can explain the paradox of irreversibility in thermodynamics, the phenomenon of chaos and turbulence in classical mechanics, and non-deterministic (multi-choice) behavior in biological and social systems. The first part of the book describes the basic properties of instability as an attribute of dynamical models and how their analysis is dependent upon frames of reference. The second part describes these instabilities and their usefullness in physics, biology, neural nets, creativity, intelligence, and social behavior (the "collective brain"). The book addresses researchers as well as students; it should also be of interest to philosophers of science.


Instability Irreversibility Predictability behavior biology chaos classical mechanics dynamical systems dynamics fields mechanics physics quantum field thermodynamics turbulence

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Molecular Biophysics and PhysiologyRush UniversityChicagoUSA
  3. 3.US Army Research LaboratoryAdelphiUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title From Instability to Intelligence
  • Book Subtitle Complexity and Predictability in Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Authors Michail Zak
    Joseph P. Zbilut
    Ronald E. Meyers
  • Series Title Lecture Notes in Physics Monographs
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-63055-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-14134-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-540-69121-1
  • Series ISSN 0940-7677
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 552
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Complex Systems
    Biological and Medical Physics, Biophysics
    Statistical Physics and Dynamical Systems
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