9781590339671

Sociophysics : Cosmos and Chaos in Nature and Culture

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    9781590339671

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    1590339673

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-03-01
  • Publisher: Nova Science Pub Inc
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Summary

New transdisciplinary studies have been appearing not only in such established areas as biochemistry or social psychology; there are presently emerging inter-scientific fields such as sociobiology, econophysics and last but not least sociophysics. The latter is a renewed attempt to combine the latest natural and social science theories and come up with significant generalisations for both. Using the powerful physics metaphor as an inertial guidance system, sociophysics emphasises the underlying similarities between all systems. This new scientific hybrid is raising much controversy as well as revealing great promise; for this reason, it has been chosen to provide the core and focus for this book. The holistic scope of this book makes it an appropriate reference work in many courses, such as: Global Ecology; Evolutionary Biology; Macroeconomics; Sociological Theory; Philosophy of Social Science; Theoretical Physics; Thermodynamics; Macro-history; Behavioural Science; General Systems Theory; and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Table of Contents

Thematic Outline xi
Table of Diagrams
xiii
Acronyms xv
Synoptic Table xvii
Foreword xxix
Prologue xxxi
Introduction xxxv
Context xliii
Ecology xliii
Topology xliv
Chronology xlv
Content xlvii
Ontology xlvii
Morphology xlix
Tropology l
Codex lii
Epistemology lv
Methodology lvi
Axiology lvii
Part One. Statics
1(64)
Matter
5(16)
Mass
6(5)
Substance
6(1)
Demography
7(3)
Inertia
10(1)
Motion
11(4)
Displacement
11(1)
Movement
12(1)
Momentum
13(2)
Field
15(6)
Charge
15(2)
Influence
17(1)
Relations
18(3)
Energy
21(18)
Mechanics
23(3)
Potential
23(1)
Mobility
24(1)
Gravity
25(1)
Thermics
26(5)
Heat
26(2)
Pressure
28(2)
Action
30(1)
Systemics
31(8)
Structure
31(2)
Institutions
33(2)
Matergy
35(4)
Life
39(26)
Organic
42(5)
Metabolism
42(2)
Economy
44(2)
Preservation
46(1)
Informatic
47(6)
Form
47(2)
Culture
49(3)
Knowledge
52(1)
Cybernetic
53(12)
Mind
53(3)
Polity
56(1)
Gaia
57(8)
Part Two. Dynamics
65(66)
Change
69(18)
Force
70(5)
Tele-action
70(3)
Language
73(1)
Alteration
74(1)
Work
75(4)
Dissipation
75(1)
Labor
75(3)
Utility
78(1)
Power
79(8)
Vigor
79(1)
Potency
80(2)
Control
82(5)
Entropy
87(16)
Erosion
88(4)
Dust
88(2)
Equality
90(1)
Banality
91(1)
Enervation
92(4)
Waste
92(1)
Poverty
93(1)
Impotence
94(2)
Deformation
96(7)
Disorder
96(1)
Freedom
97(1)
Uniformity
98(5)
Syntropy
103(28)
Past
104(6)
Cosmogony
104(1)
Socialization
105(2)
Genesis
107(3)
Present
110(6)
Complexity
110(2)
Industrialization
112(3)
Development
115(1)
Future
116(15)
Intelligence
116(2)
Technology
118(3)
Volition
121(10)
Part Three. Dialectics
131(96)
Causality
135(20)
Reactions
137(5)
Feedback
137(1)
Reciprocity
138(3)
Symmetry
141(1)
Waves
142(6)
Curves
142(2)
Rhythms
144(1)
Loops
145(3)
Quanta
148(7)
Leaps
148(1)
Revolutions
149(2)
Qwiffs
151(4)
History
155(22)
Chaos
158(6)
Reversibility
158(2)
Idiosyncracy
160(1)
Turbulence
161(3)
Cycles
164(5)
Periodicity
164(1)
Periods
165(3)
Oscillations
168(1)
Memory
169(8)
Hysteresis
169(2)
Intentionality
171(2)
Relativity
173(4)
Humanity
177(28)
Atomism
180(5)
Identity
180(2)
Individuality
182(2)
Conflict
184(1)
Holism
185(7)
Harmony
185(3)
Community
188(2)
Solidarity
190(2)
Moralism
192(13)
Justice
192(3)
Responsibility
195(2)
Wisdom
197(8)
Conclusion
205(22)
Model
207(5)
Factors
208(1)
Converters
209(2)
Effects
211(1)
Theory
212(7)
Natural
214(2)
Social
216(2)
Mental
218(1)
Paradigm
219(8)
Analysis
221(1)
Axiosis
222(2)
Synthesis
224(3)
Epilogue
227(4)
Bibliography
231(20)
Introduction
231(2)
Statics
233(5)
Matter
233(1)
Energy
234(1)
Life
235(3)
Dynamics
238(4)
Power
238(1)
Entropy
239(1)
Evolution
240(2)
Dialectics
242(5)
Causality
242(2)
History
244(1)
Humanity
245(2)
Conclusion
247(4)
Biographical Sketch of Paris Arnopoulos 251(2)
Index 253

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