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The Dynamics and Evolution of Social Systems

The central topic of this book is the mathematical analysis of social systems, understood in the following rather classical way: social systems consist of social actors who interact according to specific rules of interactions; the dynamics of social systems is then the consequences of these interactions, viz., the self-organization of social systems. According to particular demands of their environment, social systems are able to behave in an adaptive manner, that is they can change their rules of interaction by certain meta rules and thus generate a meta dynamics. It is possible to model and analyse mathematically both dynamics and meta dynamics, using cellular automata and genetic algorithms. These tools allow social systems theory to be carried through as precisely as the theories of natural systems, a feat that has not previously been possible. Readership: Researchers and graduate students in the fields of theoretical sociology and social and general systems theory and other interested scientists. No specialised knowledge of mathematics and/or computer science is required.
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1. Introduction: Systems, Theory, Computer, and Sociology. 2. State, Evolution, and Complexity: Building Blocks of the Theories of Complex Systems. 3. The Dynamics and Evolution of Formal Systems. 4. Building Blocks of a Mathematical Sociology. 5. Rules, Universals, and Questions of Research - A Conclusion That Is Not An Ending. References. Index.

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