[Comp-neuro] 4th Edition of Complex Systems Primer available

Claudius Gros gros at itp.uni-frankfurt.de
Mon Jun 15 10:34:45 CEST 2015

Dear Colleagues,

It is a pleasure to announce the availability of the 
4th edition of the textbook

Complex and Adaptive Dynamical Systems: A Primer 
(Springer Complexity, Softcover) 
ISBN: 978-3-319-16264-5 (Print) 978-3-319-16265-2 (Online) 
by Claudius Gros

Complex and adaptive dynamical systems are ubiquitous and 
the brain constitutes a prominent example. The goal of this
book is to provide a general entry point to complex and
dynamical systems based on network architectures.

This primer offers an introduction to the central concepts at 
the basis of our modern understanding of complex and emergent 
behavior, together with a detailed coverage of the mathematical 
methods. All calculations are presented step by step and are 
straightforward to follow.

This new forth edition is fully reorganized and comes with new 
chapters, figures and exercises. The core of modern complex system 
sciences are presented in the first chapters, covering network theory, 
dynamical systems, bifurcation and catastrophe theory, chaos and 
adaptive processes together with the principle of self-organization
in reaction-diffusion systems and social animals.

Modern information theoretical principles are treated in further 
chapters, together with the concept of self-organized criticality, 
gene regulation networks, hypercycles and coevolutionary avalanches, 
synchronization phenomena, absorbing phase transitions and the 
cognitive system approach to the brain. Technical course 
prerequisites are the standard mathematical tools for an advanced 
undergraduate course in the natural sciences or engineering. Each 
chapter comes with exercises and suggestions for further reading, 
with the solutions to the exercises being provided in the last 

  * Chapter  1: Graph Theory and Small-World Networks
  * Chapter  2: Bifurcations and Chaos in Dynamical Systems
  * Chapter  3: Dissipation, Noise and Adaptive Systems
  * Chapter  4: Self Organization and Pattern Formation
  * Chapter  5: Complexity and Information Theory
  * Chapter  6: Cellular Automata and Self-Organized Criticality
  * Chapter  7: Random Boolean Networks
  * Chapter  8: Darwinian Evolution, Hypercycles and Game Theory
  * Chapter  9: Synchronization Phenomena
  * Chapter 10: Elements of Cognitive System Theory
  * Chapter 11: Solutions to the exercises

Claudius Gros

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