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Introduction to Complexity and Complex Systems

1st Edition

By Robert B. Northrop

CRC Press

551 pages

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The boundaries between simple and complicated, and complicated and complex system designations are fuzzy and debatable, even using quantitative measures of complexity. However, if you are a biomedical engineer, a biologist, physiologist, economist, politician, stock market speculator, or politician, you have encountered complex systems. Furthermore

Table of Contents

Introduction to Complexity and Complex Systems. Introduction to Large Linear Systems. Introduction to Nonlinear Biochemical Systems and Biochemical Oscillators. Modularity, Redundancy, Degeneracy, Pleiotropy and Robustness in Complex Biological Systems. The Evolution of Biological Complexity; Invertebrate Immune Systems. The Complex Adaptive and Innate Human Immune Systems. Complexity in Quasispecies: MicroRNAs. Introduction to Physiological Complexity: Examples of Models of Some Complex Physiological Systems. The Quest for Quantitative Measures of Complexity. "Irreducible and Specified Complexity" in Living Systems. Introduction to Complexity in Economic Systems. Dealing with Complexity. Appendix. Bibliography and References. Glossary. Index.

About the Author

Robert B. Northrop is Professor Emeritus and the former Program Director of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Connecticut.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biotechnology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Cytology
SCIENCE / Physics