Interactions between elements in distributed active systems can produce a great variety of different patterns, either stationary or time-dependent. The process of their spontaneous formation is known as self-organization. In the first volume of this book we described typical coherent structures in active media, such as self-propagating fronts and pulses, spiral waves, localized stationary dissipative patterns, etc. We also discussed the coherent behavior of neural and reproductive networks. The second volume deals mainly with much more complex chaotic patterns that are also found in distributed active systems.
KeywordsStrange Attractor External Noise Spiral Wave Structural Hierarchy Coherent Pattern
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