Thinking in Complexity

The Complex Dynamics of Matter, Mind, and Mankind

  • Klaus Mainzer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Klaus Mainzer
    Pages 79-112
  3. Klaus Mainzer
    Pages 305-326
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 327-363

About this book


Since the second edition sold out again in less than one year, we now present the revised edition of Mainzer's popular book. The theory of nonlinear complex systems has become a successful problem-solving approach in the natural sciences from laser physics, quantum chaos, and meteorology to computer simulations of cell growth in biology. It is now recognized that many of our social, economic, ecological, and political problems are also of a global, complex, and nonlinear nature. And one of the most exciting contemporary topics is the idea that even the human mind is governed largely by the nonlinear dynamics of complex systems. Professor Mainzer, president of the German Society of Complex Systems and Nonlinear Dynamics, discusses, in a nontechnical language, the common framework behind these endeavors. The extended edition also analyzes the new applications of complex systems to materials science, nanotechnology, and artificial life.


Aristotle Brain Modeling Decision Making Plato System Theory complex systems ethics evolution natural science nature nonlinear dynamics technology

Authors and affiliations

  • Klaus Mainzer
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Philosophie und WissenschaftstheorieUniversität AugsburgAugsburgGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-13216-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-13214-2
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