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Published: 15 April 2004

440 Pages | 22 halftones, 77 line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195159776

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Nonextensive Entropy

Interdisciplinary Applications

Edited by Murray Gell-Mann and Constantino Tsallis

Santa Fe Institute Studies on the Sciences of Complexity

A great variety of complex phenomena in many scientific fields exhibit power-law behavior, reflecting a hierarchical or fractal structure. Many of these phenomena seem to be susceptible to description using approaches drawn from thermodynamics or statistical mechanics, particularly approaches involving the maximization of entropy and of Boltzmann-Gibbs statistical mechanics and standard laws in a natural way. The book addresses the interdisciplinary applications of these ideas, and also on various phenomena that could possibly be quantitatively describable in terms of these ideas.

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