Nonlinear Dynamics, Self-Organization and the Symbolic Representation of Complexity

  • G. Nicolis
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 39)


Several contributors to this volume produce in their chapters convincing evidence about the usefulness of nonlinear dynamics and self-organization, in the modelling of a variety of concrete problems of relevance in chemistry and biology. In the present chapter we focus on a different aspect. Specifically, we show how nonequilibrium physics and nonlinear dynamics allow us to go one step further than the traditional description of physicochemical and biological systems and set up a symbolic representation in which such concepts as attractors, predictability, probability and information play a prominent role and allow us to better grasp the nature of complexity.


Hopf Bifurcation Chaotic Dynamic Chaotic Attractor Symbolic Representation Markov Partition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Nicolis
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  1. 1.Faculté des SciencesUniversité Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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