Survival under Uncertainty: An Introduction to Probability Models of Social Structure and Evolution

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Description

Springer | Physics | Jul 29 2016 | ISBN-10: 3319394193 | 296 pages | pdf | 5.11 mb

Authors: Volchenkov, Dimitri

First monographical text devoted to this subject matter

Written by a leading researcher in this emerging field

Tutorial and self-contained presentation

This book introduces and studies a number of stochastic models of subsistence, communication, social evolution and political transition that will allow the reader to grasp the role of uncertainty as a fundamental property of our irreversible world. At the same time, it aims to bring about a more interdisciplinary and quantitative approach across very diverse fields of research in the humanities and social sciences.

Through the examples treated in this work – including anthropology, demography, migration, geopolitics, management, and bioecology, among other things – evidence is gathered to show that volatile environments may change the rules of the evolutionary selection and dynamics of any social system, creating a situation of adaptive uncertainty, in particular, whenever the rate of change of the environment exceeds the rate of adaptation.

Last but not least, it is hoped that this book will contribute to the understanding that inherent randomness can also be a great opportunity – for social systems and individuals alike – to help face the challenge of “survival under uncertainty”.

Number of Illustrations and Tables

11 b/w illustrations, 44 illustrations in colour

Topics

Socio- and Econophysics, Population and Evolutionary Models

Social Structure, Social Inequality

Philosophy of the Social Sciences

Societal Aspects of Physics

Complexity

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