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23%OFFMarten Scheffer - Critical Transitions in Nature and Society - 9780691122045 - V9780691122045
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Critical Transitions in Nature and Society

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Description for Critical Transitions in Nature and Society Paperback. Offers an introduction to critical transitions in complex systems - the radical changes that happen at tipping points when thresholds are passed. This title describes the dynamical systems theory behind critical transitions, covering catastrophe theory, bifurcations and chaos. Series: Princeton Studies in Complexity. Num Pages: 400 pages, 6 halftones. 131 line illus. BIC Classification: PSAF; PSAJ; RNC. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 216 x 142 x 22. Weight in Grams: 466.
How do we explain the remarkably abrupt changes that sometimes occur in nature and society--and can we predict why and when they happen? This book offers a comprehensive introduction to critical transitions in complex systems--the radical changes that happen at tipping points when thresholds are passed. Marten Scheffer accessibly describes the dynamical systems theory behind critical transitions, covering catastrophe theory, bifurcations, chaos, and more. He gives examples of critical transitions in lakes, oceans, terrestrial ecosystems, climate, evolution, and human societies. And he demonstrates how to deal with these transitions, offering practical guidance on how to predict tipping points, how to ... Read more

Product Details

Publisher
Princeton University Press United States
Number of pages
400
Format
Paperback
Publication date
2009
Series
Princeton Studies in Complexity
Condition
New
Weight
483g
Number of Pages
400
Place of Publication
New Jersey, United States
ISBN
9780691122045
SKU
V9780691122045
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About Marten Scheffer
Marten Scheffer is professor of environmental sciences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He is the author of "Ecology of Shallow Lakes".

Reviews for Critical Transitions in Nature and Society
One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2009 "This excellent, well-crafted volume outlines theoretical/applied evidence describing regime shifts that occur in natural and societal systems, and suggests how to address deleterious change to further human welfare. Scheffer expertly argues that system shifts are critical transitions arising when normal cyclical processes are stressed, thereby generating 'tipping points'... A highly important book ... Read more

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