A Workshop Proceedings of the International Workshop on Synergetics at Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, May 2–7, 1977

  • Hermann Haken
Conference proceedings

Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. General Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. H. Haken
      Pages 2-17
    3. R. Thom
      Pages 26-32
  3. Bifurcation Theory

  4. Instabilities in Fluid Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. H. L. Swinney, P. R. Fenstermacher, J. P. Gollup
      Pages 60-69
    3. E. L. Koschmieder
      Pages 70-78
  5. Instabilities in Astrophysics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. R. Kippenhahn
      Pages 80-89
  6. Solitons

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. R. K. Bullough, R. K. Dodd
      Pages 92-103
    3. R. K. Bullough, R. K. Dodd
      Pages 104-119
  7. Nonequilibrium Phase Transitions in Chemical Reactions

  8. Chemical Waves and Turbulence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Y. Kuramoto
      Pages 164-173
    3. O. E. Rössler
      Pages 174-183
    4. O. E. Rössler
      Pages 184-197
  9. Morphogenesis

  10. Biological Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. J. D. Cowan
      Pages 228-240
  11. General Systems

  12. Back Matter
    Pages 275-276

About these proceedings


This volume contains most of the invited papers presented at the International Work­ shop on Synergetics, Schloss E1mau, Bavaria, May 2 to.May 7, 1977. This workshop fol­ lowed an International Symposium on SynergetiGS at Schloss E1mau, 1972, and an Inter­ national SUl11l1erschoo1 at Erice, Sicily, 1974. Synergetics is a rather new field of interdisciplinary research which studies the self-organized behavior of systems leading to the formation of structures and func­ tionings. Indeed the whole universe seems to be organized, with pronounced structures starting from spiral galaxies down to living cells. Furthermore, very many of the most interesting phenomena occur in systems which are far from thermal equilibrium. Synergetics in its present form focusses its attention on those phenomena where dra­ matic changes occur on a macroscopic scale. Here indeed Synergetics was able to re­ veal profound analogies between systems in different disciplines ranging from physics to sociology. This volume contains contributions from various fields but the reader will easily discover their cOl11J1on goal. Not only in the natural sciences but also in ecology, sociology, and economy, man is confronted with the problems of complex sys­ tems. The principles and analogies unearthed by Synergetics will certainly be very he1pfu~ to cope with such difficult problems. I use this opportunity to thank the Vo1kswagenwerk Foundation for its support of the project Synergetics and in particular for sponsoring the International Workshop on Synergetics.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hermann Haken
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische Physikder Universität StuttgartStuttgart 80Fed. Rep. of Germany

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1977
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-66786-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-66784-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-7389
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