The Rules of the Ring

  • Arthur T. Winfree
Part of the Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics book series (IAM, volume 12)


Although it may be fashionable to acknowledge that everything is connected to everything else in principle, some things are more tightly connected to each other than to all the rest. Such a little knot of causal interactions goes by the name of a system. It is also fashionable to speak of one’s playthings as systems, and I shall adhere to this convention. It will make life easier in the long run to clarify some conventional jargon at this point, as follows.


Angular Velocity Circadian Rhythm Stagnation Point Stimulus Duration Railroad Track 
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    Commentary on the first book of Euclid’s Elements; on Definitions XV and XVI. Cited in Polya (1954), p. 168.Google Scholar
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    Convivio II. XIII. 26. Cited in Polya (1954), p. 168.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur T. Winfree
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  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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