Complexity and Feedback

  • A. Lepschy
  • U. Viaro
Part of the Progress in Systems and Control Theory book series (PSCT, volume 12)


In many scientific fields an increasing attention is being devoted to problems connected with complexity, as testified, for example, by the recent book by Nicolis and Prigogine [1].


Feedback Loop Feedback System Feedback Model Forward Path Feedback Path 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Lepschy
    • 1
  • U. Viaro
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electronics and InformaticsUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly

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