Cellular automata: a discrete universe by Andrew Ilachinski

By Andrew Ilachinski

Mobile automata are a category of spatially and temporally discrete mathematical platforms characterised by means of neighborhood interplay and synchronous dynamical evolution. brought through the mathematician John von Neumann within the Nineteen Fifties as uncomplicated types of organic self-reproduction, they're prototypical versions for complicated structures and strategies such as numerous easy, homogeneous, in the neighborhood interacting parts. mobile automata were the point of interest of significant cognizance through the years due to their skill to generate a wealthy spectrum of very complicated styles of habit out of units of quite basic underlying principles. additionally, they seem to trap many crucial good points of complicated self-organizing cooperative habit saw in actual platforms. This e-book offers a precis of the fundamental homes of mobile automata, and explores intensive many vital cellular-automata-related study parts, together with synthetic lifestyles, chaos, emergence, fractals, nonlinear dynamics, and self-organization. It contains 12 principally self-contained chapters. The final bankruptcy offers a extensive assessment of the speculative proposition that mobile automata could finally turn out to be theoretical harbingers of a essentially new information-based, discrete physics. Designed to be obtainable on the junior/senior undergraduate point and above, the ebook can be of curiosity to all scholars, researchers, and execs desirous to know about order, chaos, and the emergence of complexity. It includes an in depth bibliography and offers an annotated directory of mobile automata assets to be had at the world-wide-web.

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