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10. Applied chaos: can we see through our models?

10. Applied chaos: can we see through our models?  

Leonard A. Smith

in Chaos: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191776410
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853783.003.0010
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‘Applied chaos: can we see through our models?’ investigates the application of chaotic models. Traditional statistics has exploited data-based models, such as the persistence, advective, ... More
7. Real numbers, real observations, and computers

7. Real numbers, real observations, and computers  

Leonard A. Smith

in Chaos: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191776410
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853783.003.0007
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‘Real numbers, real observations, and computers’ examines the relation between numbers in mathematical models, the real world, and in computer simulations. Real measurements and all ... More
2. Self-similarity

2. Self-similarity  

Kenneth J. Falconer

in Fractals: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778599
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10.1093/actrade/9780199675982.003.0002
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Fractals demonstrate ‘Self-similarity’ — each set comprises several smaller similar copies of itself. This can be demonstrated using a geometric shape as a template which represents an ... More
1. A network point of view on the world

1. A network point of view on the world  

Guido Caldarelli and Michele Catanzaro

in Networks: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777936
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199588077.003.0001
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On a typical day, we check emails, update social network profiles, make mobile phone calls, use public transportation, take planes, and transfer money and goods. In all these cases — ... More
8. Perfect storms in networks

8. Perfect storms in networks  

Guido Caldarelli and Michele Catanzaro

in Networks: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777936
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10.1093/actrade/9780199588077.003.0008
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‘Perfect storms in networks’ shows that the range of possible dynamics in networks is enormous. Domino effects, co-extinctions, cascading failures, breakdown avalanches, systemic failure of ... More
7. The cloud computer

7. The cloud computer  

Darrel Ince

in The Computer: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777899
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10.1093/actrade/9780199586592.003.0007
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‘The cloud computer’ shows how the Internet can be treated and used as a massive supercomputer. This supercomputer holds closed data, accessible only by certain parties, and open data, ... More
8. Sorry, wrong number: statistics and chaos

8. Sorry, wrong number: statistics and chaos  

Leonard A. Smith

in Chaos: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2007
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776410
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853783.003.0008
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‘Sorry, wrong number: statistics and chaos’ investigates the challenges posed by chaos to statistical estimation. Samples cannot be used in chaos theory as they are in statistics. Many ... More
6. Robotic futures

6. Robotic futures  

Alan Winfield

in Robotics: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778414
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199695980.003.0006
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9780199695980
The story of robots is still unfolding. ‘Robotic futures’ looks to the future of robotic science in space exploration and other areas of everyday life. Would it be possible to build a ... More
5. Physical Information

5. Physical Information  

Luciano Floridi

in Information: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777349
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.003.0006
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9780199551378
‘Physical information’ explores the relationship between physics and metaphysics with regards to the nature of information. Information theory and processes seem to have physical ... More
4. Connected and close

4. Connected and close  

Guido Caldarelli and Michele Catanzaro

in Networks: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777936
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199588077.003.0004
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‘Connected and close’ shows almost all the elements of networks take part in one large connected structure, called a giant connected component. Almost every node has a path of connections ... More
3. The ubiquitous computer

3. The ubiquitous computer  

Darrel Ince

in The Computer: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777899
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586592.003.0003
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‘The ubiquitous computer’ examines how the computer has moved from the desktop to our pocket, and beyond. Computers have been able to infiltrate so many aspects of our life due to decreases ... More
7. For all practical purposes: technologies of the elements

7. For all practical purposes: technologies of the elements  

Philip Ball

in The Elements: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2004
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Apr 2014
eISBN: 
9780191776298
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192840998.003.0007
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9780192840998
‘For all practical purposes: technologies of the elements’ considers the variety that exists within the elements, and how they can be applied to our everyday lives. Iron and steel gave ... More
1. The naked computer

1. The naked computer  

Darrel Ince

in The Computer: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777899
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586592.003.0001
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‘The naked computer’ briefly describes the components of the computer and describes the relationship between the computer and the Internet. The main characteristic of the computer is its ... More
3. Chaos in context: determinism, randomness, and noise

3. Chaos in context: determinism, randomness, and noise  

Leonard A. Smith

in Chaos: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191776410
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853783.003.0003
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‘Chaos in context: determinism, randomness, and noise’ explores the concepts of determinism in dynamical systems. There are at least three different kinds of dynamical systems: ... More
Chaos: A Very Short Introduction

Chaos: A Very Short Introduction  

Leonard Smith

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191776410
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853783.001.0001
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9780192853783
Chaos: A Very Short Introduction shows that we all have an intuitive understanding of chaotic systems. It uses accessible maths and physics (replacing complex equations with ... More
5. The age of information – getting smaller

5. The age of information – getting smaller  

David Blockley

in Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777738
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199578696.003.0005
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9780199578696
‘The age of information — getting smaller’ examines the technology behind the information revolution. Information can be expressed digitally as patterns of high and low voltage, or ... More
1. From idea to reality

1. From idea to reality  

David Blockley

in Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777738
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199578696.003.0001
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9780199578696
‘From idea to reality’ aims to provide a broad definition and brief history of engineering, and outlines the importance of the field in so many aspects of daily life. Engineering can be ... More
Networks: A Very Short Introduction

Networks: A Very Short Introduction  

Guido Caldarelli and Michele Catanzaro

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777936
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199588077.001.0001
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book
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9780199588077
Networks: A Very Short Introduction considers the basic elements of network theory and its applications using everyday examples from society, technology, nature, and history. ... More
4. The global computer

4. The global computer  

Darrel Ince

in The Computer: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777899
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586592.003.0004
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9780199586592
‘The global computer’ aims to change the reader's perception of a computer from a single grey box to part of a global supercomputer linked via the Internet. Computers cannot solve every ... More
8. The next computer

8. The next computer  

Darrel Ince

in The Computer: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777899
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586592.003.0008
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9780199586592
‘The next computer’ explores new approaches to computer architecture, and the unique problems accompanying them. The von Neumann architecture has been the norm for the past seventy years. ... More

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