Chaos in Health and Disease — Phenomenology and Theory

  • Uwe an der Heiden
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 58)


After presenting empirical data concerning apparent chaos in health and disease the modem concept of “deterministic chaos” is discussed and developed in some detail. This includes the description of a system in state space, the notions of chaotic or strange attractors, and of fractal dimensions. Subsequently, two main sources of chaos in biological systems are discussed. One of them, called “circular organization”, involves nonlinear interactions, feedback, and time delays. The other consists in the coupling of several oscillators. These basic mechanisms are elaborated in the form of mathematical models for epileptic seizures and for the endocrine system. The last section is devoted to the detection and quantification of chaos in empirical data with special application to the heart beat.


Fractal Dimension Periodic Orbit Pyramidal Cell Epileptic Seizure Chaotic Attractor 
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