By Paul Fieguth

This undergraduate textual content explores numerous large-scale phenomena - worldwide warming, ice a while, water, poverty - and makes use of those case reviews as a motivation to discover nonlinear dynamics, power-law records, and complicated structures. even supposing the distinct mathematical descriptions of those subject matters will be hard, the results of a method being nonlinear, power-law, or complicated are in truth particularly available. This ebook blends an instructional method of the mathematical features of complicated structures including a complementary narrative at the global/ecological/societal implications of such systems.

Nearly all engineering undergraduate classes specialise in arithmetic and platforms that are small scale, linear, and Gaussian. regrettably there isn't a unmarried large-scale ecological or social phenomenon that's scalar, linear, and Gaussian. This booklet bargains scholars insights to raised comprehend the large-scale difficulties dealing with the area and to achieve that those can't be solved by means of a unmarried, slim educational box or standpoint.

Instead, the ebook seeks to stress figuring out, ideas, and ideas, in a fashion that's mathematically rigorous, in order that the suggestions don't feel obscure, yet now not so technical that the math get within the approach. The e-book is meant for undergraduate scholars in a technical area similar to engineering, computing device technology, physics, arithmetic, and environmental studies.

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