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Critical Transitions in Nature and Society (Princeton Studies in Complexity) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. Juli 2009

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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 of intellectual and applied significance."--M. Evans, Choice "Scheffer's book is a good read. It is fluently written and breathes authority, while still being highly consistent in its terminology."--Carsten F. Dormann, Basic and Applied Ecology "We recommend this book as the best integration of the multiple rubrics (resilience, regime change, panarchy, complexity, dynamical systems theory) found on the subject of critical transitions or abrupt change, and as an enjoyable as well as enlightening synthesis of a timely and important topic bearing on many of the crucial dilemmas of our time."--William A. Reiners, Ecology "The marvelous Scheffer's book is strongly recommended for all geoscientists because of three main reasons. First, it explains the outstanding importance of critical transitions in the abiotic, biotic, and social evolution and establishes a helpful framework for their further studies. Second, this book gives an exceptional opportunity to realize how broad, even philosophical treatment of very particular ideas can facilitate development of the tatters. Third, the author was very successful in demonstration of how do general laws work in the both nature and society. This unconventional book is very informative, well-written, and stimulating, and, consequently, nobody will lose her/his time reading it."--Dmitry A. Ruban, Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie


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, the 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 prevent 'bad' transitions, and how to promote critical transitions that work for us and not against us. Scheffer shows the time is ripe for understanding and managing critical transitions in the vast and complex systems in which we live. This book can also serve as a textbook and includes a detailed appendix with equations. It provides an accessible introduction to dynamical systems theory.

It covers critical transitions in lakes, oceans, terrestrial ecosystems, the climate, evolution, and human societies. It explains how to predict tipping points. It offers strategies for preventing 'bad' transitions and triggering 'good' ones. It features an appendix with equations.

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Critical transitions everywhere! 15. Februar 2011
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Few books are so good like this.

First, one should know that this book is based on the approach of complex systems that try to find similar patterns in (apparent) different contexts.

Second, this book presents a very simple introduction to dynamical systems.

Third, the main idea of this book is that the same kinds of phenomena take place in the major transitions in society and nature.

Forth, this book is a kind of journalistic introduction to the field recent reviewed by the author (and co-authors) in a paper of Nature "Early-warning signals for critical transitions, vol. 461, 08227, 2009".

Fifth, if you like this book and are also interested in financial markets, I believe that you also like the book due to Didier Sornette - Why Stock Markets Crash: Critical Events in Complex Financial Systems.
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Superb Book 12. Dezember 2009
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This book is absolutely the best introduction to dynamic systems thinking I have read. Keeping all the equations in the appendix and using graphs to illustrate concepts opens it to a much wider audience than is usual in this area. Strongly recommended.
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Excellent introduction to complexity and dynamical systems applied to natural systems 10. Januar 2013
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This is a good introduction to complexity and dynamical systems as applied to natural systems. Although it is relatively old (already 16 years), it contains sufficiently interesting material and insights to make it still relevant and a useful first read on the subject. It is also written in a very accessible way and can be read just for fun. As an earth scientist I had one or two points of disagreement on the sections on glaciations and climate change, on which I think the author is not an expert, but this does not diminish the overall merit of this book. A very recommendable read.
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Great book on complexity and transitions.. 13. Dezember 2012
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Scheffer is the foremost thinker on this subject, and he's collected most of his ideas in this accessible and informative book. I highly recommend this
A different perspective on the dynamics of Social-Ecological Systems 1. August 2013
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Focusing mostly on the ecological side, it desribes in a very helpful manner the way that systems interact with the abrupt changes in their environment and the related dynamics that describe them.
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