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Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 09:48:38 +0100
Subject: Re: BHA: query on quantum theory etc


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An interesting and readable intro to chaos and the more recent development of complexity theory is Fritjof Capra (he of the "Tao of Physics") "The Web of Life" Flamingo

Other possibles are:
P. Cilliers "Complexity and Postmodernism" Routledge

and
D. Byrne "Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences" Routledge which, incidentally, also has a critical realist base

There are then loads of "techy" books (with nice pictures!) that I can give you if you are interested.

John


Dr. John Mingers
Professor of OR and Systems
 Warwick Business School
 Warwick University
 Coventry CV4 7AL UK
phone: +2476 522475
fax: +2476 524539
email: j.mingers-AT-warwick.ac.uk

>>> g.maclennan-AT-qut.edu.au 19 October 2001 22:08:22 >>>
For my work on current work on coincidence in the new documentary a
colleague has suggested that I look at quantum theory (Lord I am not
worthy) and even worse chaos theory.

I recall some posts (which list??) a while back on a quantum theorist who
was a socialist and a friend of Einstein's.  From my vague understanding of
what it was all about he seemed to believe that there was some order
underneath all the uncertainty.  Does anyone recall his name and could
someone repost to me if they have the posts I mentioned.

An idiot's guide to chaos theory would also be much welcomed.

My own preliminary thoughts are that in debating the relationship between
chance and coincidence we are rehashing the old problem of the one and the
many.

All help gratefully unacknowledged!

regards

Gary



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An interesting and readable intro to chaos and the more recent development of complexity theory is Fritjof Capra (he of the "Tao of Physics") "The Web of Life" Flamingo
 
Other possibles are:
P. Cilliers "Complexity and Postmodernism" Routledge
 
and
D. Byrne "Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences" Routledge which, incidentally, also has a critical realist base
 
There are then loads of "techy" books (with nice pictures!) that I can give you if you are interested.
 
John
 
 
Dr. John Mingers
Professor of OR and Systems
 Warwick Business School
 Warwick University
 Coventry CV4 7AL UK
phone: +2476 522475
fax: +2476 524539
email: j.mingers-AT-warwick.ac.uk

>>> g.maclennan-AT-qut.edu.au 19 October 2001 22:08:22 >>>
For my work on current work on coincidence in the new documentary a
colleague has suggested that I look at quantum theory (Lord I am not
worthy) and even worse chaos theory.

I recall some posts (which list??) a while back on a quantum theorist who
was a socialist and a friend of Einstein's.  From my vague understanding of
what it was all about he seemed to believe that there was some order
underneath all the uncertainty.  Does anyone recall his name and could
someone repost to me if they have the posts I mentioned.

An idiot's guide to chaos theory would also be much welcomed.

My own preliminary thoughts are that in debating the relationship between
chance and coincidence we are rehashing the old problem of the one and the
many.

All help gratefully unacknowledged!

regards

Gary



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