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Bifurcation Analysis: Principles, Applications and Synthesis by I. Prigogine, G. Nicolis (auth.), M. Hazewinkel, R.

By I. Prigogine, G. Nicolis (auth.), M. Hazewinkel, R. Jurkovich, J. H. P. Paelinck (eds.)

Bifurcation conception has made a truly quick upswing within the final fifteen years. approximately conversing it generalises to dynamic structures the pos­ sibility of a number of strategies, achievable already recognized in static structures - actual, chemical, social - while working faraway from their equilibrium states. It so occurred that a variety of employees individuals of the Erasmus collage Rotterdam have been considering alongside these strains approximately sure facets in their disciplines. To have a few experts and strength "fans" convene to debate a variety of elements of bifurcation­ al pondering, appeared a average improvement. The ensuing papers have been judged to be of curiosity to a bigger public, and as such are logically regrouped during this quantity, one in a chain of reviews caused by the actions of the guidance Committee on Interdisciplinary experiences of the Erasmus college, Rotterdam. even if the amount could be multidisciplinary instead of interdisciplinary - the interdisciplinary point being simply "latent" -, as a "soft" interdisciplinary workout (the program of formal buildings of 1 self-discipline to a different) it has a correct to interdisciplinary lifestyles! This booklet couldn't were released and not using a beneficiant supply of the collage beginning of the Erasmus college Rotterdam, which allowed the convention to be held and the ensuing papers to be released; that generosity is gratefully acknowledged.

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Bifurcation Analysis. 51-66. © 1985 by D. Reidel Publishing Company. S2 B. LEIJNSE Figure 1. From: Order and Life by Joseph Needham with kind permission of Yale University Press View of a marshalling yard (London and North Eastern Railway) illustrating by analogy the concept of restriction of potentiality by multiple bifurcation. The photograph is taken from above the "hump". Up to this the freight wagons are pushed and from it there they run down individually over electric retarders to a number of alternative sidings, where they are ready ~o be despatched to a fresh destination.

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