About this series
The Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) is an independent research institute pursuing cutting-edge theoretical research in the areas of physics, life-science and chemistry, neuroscience, and computer science. A central aim of FIAS is to foster interdisciplinary co-operation and to provide a common platform for the study of the structure and dynamics of complex systems, both animate and inanimate. FIAS closely cooperates with the science faculties of Goethe University (Frankfurt) and with various experimentally oriented research centers in the vicinity. The series is meant to highlight the work of researchers at FIAS and its partner institutions, illustrating current progress and also reflecting on the historical development of science. The series comprises monographs on specialized current research topics, reviews summarizing the state of research in more broadly-framed areas, and volumes of conferences organized by FIAS.