Synergetics and Social Science

  • W. Weidlich
Conference paper


General concepts for the quantitative description of the dynamics of social processes are introduced. They allow for embedding social science into the conceptual framework of synergetics. Equations of motion for the socioconfiguration are derived on the stochastic and quasideterministic level. As an application the migration of interacting human populations is treated. The solutions of the nonlinear migratory equations include limit cycles and strange attractors. The empiric evaluation of interregional migratory dynamics is exemplified in the case of Germany.


Master Equation Fourier Spectrum Strange Attractor Stationary Probability Distribution Stable Fixed Point 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. /1/.
    Haken, H., Synergetics, an Introduction, 2nd ed. Springer Series Vol. 1, 1977Google Scholar
  2. /2/.
    Weidlich, W. and Haag, G., Concepts and Models of a Quantiative Sociology, Springer Series in Synergetics, Vol. 14, Springer 1983Google Scholar
  3. /3/.
    Reiner, R. and Weidlich, W., Chaotic and Regular Dynamics in Migratory Systems, Proceedings of the 2nd European Simulation Congress, Antwerp, Belgium p.105(1986), SCS Europe, Ghent, Belgium.Google Scholar
  4. /4/.
    Weidlich, W. and Haag, G. (editors), Interregional Maigration — Dynamic Theory and Comparative Evaluation, Springer Series in Synergetics, Springer (1987)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Weidlich
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of StuttgartStuttgart 80Germany

Personalised recommendations