© 1983


An Introduction


Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Hermann Haken
    Pages 1-16
  3. Hermann Haken
    Pages 17-40
  4. Hermann Haken
    Pages 41-67
  5. Hermann Haken
    Pages 69-103
  6. Hermann Haken
    Pages 105-146
  7. Hermann Haken
    Pages 147-189
  8. Hermann Haken
    Pages 191-227
  9. Hermann Haken
    Pages 229-274
  10. Hermann Haken
    Pages 275-303
  11. Hermann Haken
    Pages 305-326
  12. Hermann Haken
    Pages 327-332
  13. Hermann Haken
    Pages 333-349
  14. Hermann Haken
    Pages 351-353
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 355-390

About this book


Over the past years the field of synergetics has been mushrooming. An ever­ increasing number of scientific papers are published on the subject, and numerous conferences all over the world are devoted to it. Depending on the particular aspects of synergetics being treated, these conferences can have such varied titles as "Nonequilibrium Nonlinear Statistical Physics," "Self-Organization," "Chaos and Order," and others. Many professors and students have expressed the view that the present book provides a good introduction to this new field. This is also reflected by the fact that it has been translated into Russian, Japanese, Chinese, German, and other languages, and that the second edition has also sold out. I am taking the third edition as an opportunity to cover some important recent developments and to make the book still more readable. First, I have largely revised the section on self-organization in continuously extended media and entirely rewritten the section on the Benard instability. Sec­ ond, because the methods of synergetics are penetrating such fields as eco­ nomics, I have included an economic model on the transition from full employ­ ment to underemployment in which I use the concept of nonequilibrium phase transitions developed elsewhere in the book. Third, because a great many papers are currently devoted to the fascinating problem of chaotic motion, I have added a section on discrete maps. These maps are widely used in such problems, and can reveal period-doubling bifurcations, intermittency, and chaos.


bifurcation biology chaos diffusion eigenvalue entropy equilibrium path integral phase transition solution stability statistical mechanics synergetics system thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität StuttgartStuttgart 80Fed. Rep. of Germany

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