The Mathematics of Positive Feedback

  • Donald L. DeAngelis
  • Wilfred M. Post
  • Curtis C. Travis
Part of the Biomathematics book series (BIOMATHEMATICS, volume 15)

Abstract

Concomitant with the cybernetics revolution of the past half century has been the rapid development of mathematical modeling in the biological and ecological sciences, a methodology now firmly established. A model may be defined as an abstract description of the real world, a simple representation of more complex forms, processes, and functions of physical phenomena or ideas (Rubinstein, 1975). Models have aided in the understanding of ecological systems. When a model is put into explicit mathematical form, it can be analyzed to predict the effect on all parts of the system of external intervention on any single part.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald L. DeAngelis
    • 1
  • Wilfred M. Post
    • 1
  • Curtis C. Travis
    • 1
  1. 1.Oak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA

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