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    Disrupted Networks: from Physics to Climate Change

    ISBN-10: 9814304301
    ISBN-13: 9789814304306
    Edition: 2010
    Author(s): Bruce J. West
    Description: This book provides a lens through which modern society is shown to depend on complex networks for its stability. One way to achieve this understanding is through the development of a new kind of science, one that is not explicitly dependent on the  More...
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    Copyright Year: 2010
    Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
    Publication Date: 3/1/2010
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 316
    Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 1.342
    Language: English

    This book provides a lens through which modern society is shown to depend on complex networks for its stability. One way to achieve this understanding is through the development of a new kind of science, one that is not explicitly dependent on the traditional disciplines of biology, economics, physics, sociology and so on; a science of networks. This text reviews, in non-mathematical language, what we know about the development of science in the twenty-first century and how that knowledge influences our world. In addition, it distinguishes the two-tiered science of the twentieth century, based on experiment and theory (data and knowledge) from the three-tiered science of experiment, computation and theory (data, information and knowledge) of the twenty-first century in everything from psychophysics to climate change. This book is unique in that it addresses two parallel lines of argument. The first line is general and intended for a lay audience, but one that is scientifically sophisticated, explaining how the paradigm of science has been changed to accommodate the computer and large-scale computation. The second line of argument addresses what some consider the seminal scientific problem of climate change. The authors show how a misunderstanding of the change in the scientific paradigm has led to a misunderstanding of complex phenomena in general, and the causes of global warming in particular.

    Preface
    Why a Science of Networks?
    The science of data, information and knowledge
    The face of science
    Qualitative and quantitative
    What is a complex network?
    A taxonomy of complex networks
    The three-tiers of science
    Framing the climate change debate
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Climate topologies in comparison
    Data
    Physics as a scientific paradigm
    Psychophysics quantifies individuals
    Sociophysics quantifies groups
    Econophysics quantifies exchange
    Biophysics quantifies life
    Time series
    Measures and data
    Representing the data
    Fractal statistics
    Solar and climate variability
    Solar data
    Temperature data
    Information
    Entropy
    Wiener-Shannon Information
    The Physicality of Information
    Pareto's Law
    Economic networks
    Science networks
    Information networks
    Social-communication networks
    Networks of neurons
    Entropy and data processing
    Diffusion of Information
    Diffusion entropy analysis
    Sun-climate complexity matching?
    Knowledge
    Mathematics enables knowledge
    The Pareto Principle: the 80/20 rule
    What we know about complex networks
    Random networks
    Scale-free networks and the STDs epidemic
    Scale-rich networks
    The Sun-climate linking: an ongoing debate
    The Hockey Stick graph and the climate models
    The 11-year solar cycle signature on climate: models vs. data
    The phenomenological reconstruction of the solar signature on climate
    A World of Disrupted Networks
    Glossary
    Bibliography
    Index

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