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Looking at the Nonlinear World

  • Yoshitsugu Oono
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Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN)

Abstract

To give an outline of the book, the characteristics of linear and nonlinear systems are contrasted, and the key feature of nonlinear phenomena is discussed. Possibility of interference between disparate space-time scales (scale interference) is an important feature of nonlinear systems. Scale interference makes the world we can directly observe on our scale open-ended; the events on the unknowable scales invade into our empirical world. This invasion causes, e.g., chaos, critical phenomena, creation of complex systems, etc. More unexpected novel phenomena must exist. Their description will require new concepts; conceptual analysis prepares for it. Understanding of phenomena is required without firm basis of the so-called fundamental laws. Such understanding is the core of phenomenology. The chapter concludes with the roadmap of this book.

Keywords

Nonlinear System Symmetry Breaking Conceptual Analysis Critical Phenomenon Naturalistic Fallacy 
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  • Yoshitsugu Oono
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  1. 1.University of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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