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Hierarchy in Natural and Social Sciences

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ISBN-10: 1402041268

ISBN-13: 9781402041266

Edition: 2006

Authors: Denise Pumain

List price: $179.99
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Hierarchy is a form of organisation of complex systems that rely on or produce a strong differentiation in capacity (power and size) between the parts of the system. It is frequently observed within the natural living world as well as in social institutions. According to the authors, hierarchy results from random processes, follows an intentional design, or is the result of the organisation which ensures an optimal circulation of energy or information.This book reviews ancient and modern representations and explanations of hierarchies, and compares their relevance in a variety of fields, such as language, societies, cities, and living species. It throws light on concepts and models such as…    
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List price: $179.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 11/15/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 246
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Contributing Authors
Introduction
Hierarchy: A Short History of a Word in Western Thought
Hierarchical Organization of Biological and Ecological Systems
Size, Scale and the Boat Race; Conceptions, Connections and Misconceptions
Hierarchy, Complexity, Society
Hierarchy in Lexical Organisation of Natural Languages
Hierarchy in Cities and City Systems
Alternative Explanations of Hierarchical Differentiation in Urban Systems
Conclusion
Author Index
Subject Index