With a refreshingly contemporary approach, Alternate Realities: Mathematical Models of Nature and .

With a refreshingly contemporary approach, Alternate Realities: Mathematical Models of Nature and Man brings together many of the strands of modern dynamical system theory for an incisive treatment of the theory and practice of mathematical modeling. The focus is on going from the observed behavior of natural and human systems to the development of formal mathematical models of such behavior. The chapters discuss model-making in biology, cognitive processes, ecological and natural resource systems, fluid flow, evolution, artistic forms, games of chance and other engaging, real-world topics.

George Klir, State University of New York at Binghamton "Casti??s approach is fearless in constructing conceptual mappings between reality and mathematical notions. The book is pioneering in nature. Categories: Education.

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The Ways of Modelmaking: Natural Systems and Formal Mathematical Representations. Taming Nature and Man: Control, Anticipation and Adaptation in Social and Biological Processes.

Publisher: John Wiley. Publication Date: 1989. The Ways of Modelmaking: Natural Systems and Formal Mathematical Representations. Pattern and the Emergence of Living Forms: Cellular Automata and Discrete Dynamics. The Analytical Engine: A Newtonian View of Brains, Minds and Mechanisms. Catastrophes and Life: The Singularities of Ecological and Natural Resource Systems. The Geometry of Human Affairs: Connective Structure in Art, Literature and Games of Chance. How Do We Know?: Myths, Models and Paradigms in the Creation of Beliefs.

Professor Casti received his PhD in mathematics from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1970.