The Resource Randomnicity : rules and randomness in the realm of the infinite, Anastasios A. Tsonis

Randomnicity : rules and randomness in the realm of the infinite, Anastasios A. Tsonis

Label
Randomnicity : rules and randomness in the realm of the infinite
Title
Randomnicity
Title remainder
rules and randomness in the realm of the infinite
Statement of responsibility
Anastasios A. Tsonis
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This unique book explores the definition, sources and role of randomness. A joyful discussion with many non-mathematical and mathematical examples leads to the identification of three sources of randomness: randomness due to irreversibility which inhibits us from extracting whatever rules may underlie a process, randomness due to our inability to have infinite power (chaos), and randomness due to many interacting systems. Here, all sources are found to have something in common: infinity. The discussion then moves to the physical system (our universe). Through the quantum mechanical character of small scales, the second law of thermodynamics and chaos, randomness is shown to be an intrinsic property of nature - this is consistent with the three sources of randomness identified above. Finally, an explanation is given as to why rules and randomness cannot exist by themselves, but instead have to coexist. Many examples are presented, ranging from pure mathematical to natural and social processes, that clearly demonstrate how the combination of rules and randomness produces the world we live in
Cataloging source
World Scientific Publishing
Dewey number
519.2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q172.5.C45
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Randomnicity : rules and randomness in the realm of the infinite, Anastasios A. Tsonis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-187) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. 1. The three parts of everything. 2. Gödel visits Escher's studio. Gödel's theorem. 3. Slippery road. 4. Fuller than full. 5. Cantor would have been pleased -- pt. II. Sources of randomness. 6. A private lesson a long, long time ago. 7. The five faces of order. 8. Randomness of the first kind. 9. Randomness of the second kind. 10. Randomness of the third kind -- pt. III. Randomness in the universe. 11. From Aristotle to Einstein. 12. The world according to an electron. 13. Chaos. 14. The supreme law. 15. Randomness of the fourth kind? 16. Connections. 17. Allowed behaviors -- Part IV. The emergence of the real world. 18. The fractal character of nature. 19. Physics plus randomness. 20. Stochastic processes. 21. Self-organization. 22. The blueprint of life. 23. Human products and social phenomena. 24. The principle of minimum energy consumption -- pt. V. The role of randomness. 25. Efficiency, paradoxes and beauty
Control code
ocn747539676
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 191 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781848162051
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
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.b32106208
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)747539676
  • pebcs1848161972

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