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Bifurcation Analysis

Principles, Applications and Synthesis

  • M. Hazewinkel
  • R. Jurkovich
  • J. H. P. Paelinck
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Introduction

Bifurcation theory has made a very fast upswing in the last fifteen years. Roughly speaking it generalises to dynamic systems the pos­ sibility of mUltiple solutions, a possibility already recognised in static systems - physical, chemical, social - when operating far from their equilibrium states. It so happened that quite a few staff members of the Erasmus University Rotterdam were thinking along those lines about certain aspects of their disciplines. To have a number of specialists and potential "fans" convene to discuss various aspects of bifurcation­ al thinking, seemed a natural development. The resulting papers were judged to be of interest to a larger public, and as such are logically regrouped in this volume, one in a series of studies resulting from the activities of the Steering Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies of the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Although the volume is perhaps multidisciplinary rather than interdisciplinary - the interdisciplinary aspect being only "latent" -, as a "soft" interdisciplinary exercise (the application of formal structures of one discipline to another) it has a right to interdisciplinary existence! This book could not have been published without a generous grant of the University Foundation of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, which allowed the conference to be held and the resulting papers to be published; that generosity is gratefully acknowledged.

Keywords

bifurcation calculus complex system complex systems complexity economics equilibrium philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • M. Hazewinkel
    • 1
  • R. Jurkovich
    • 1
  • J. H. P. Paelinck
    • 1
  1. 1.Erasmus University RotterdamThe Netherlands

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