The Challenge of Complex Systems

  • Hermann Haken
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN)


The aim of this book is to develop concepts and methods which allow us to deal with complex systems from a unifying point of view. The book is composed of two parts: The introductory chapter deals with complex systems in a qualitative fashion, while the rest of the book is devoted to quantitative methods. In Chap. 1 we shall present examples of complex systems and some typical approaches to dealing with them, for instance thermodynamics and synergetics. We shall discuss the concept of self-organization and, in particular, various aspects of information. The last section of this chapter gives an outline of our new theory, which may be viewed as a macroscopic approach to synergetics. In Chap. 2 a brief outline of the microscopic approach to synergetics is presented, while Chap. 3 provides the reader with an introduction to the maximum information entropy principle, which will play an important role in our book. Chapter 4 illustrates this principle by applying it to thermodynamics.


Thermal Equilibrium Light Wave Macroscopic Level Newtonian Mechanic Excited Atom 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hermann Haken
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    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische Physik und SynergetikUniversität StuttgartStuttgart 80Fed. Rep. of Germany
  2. 2.Center for Complex SystemsFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

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