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How Small Social Systems Work

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Most of us are intuitively familiar with small social systems, such as families and soccer teams. Surprisingly, though, most of us are unaware of how complex these systems are or of the fact that they have a unique character distinguishing them from both populations and individuals. The current manuscript, which emerged from high-level scientific publications on the subject, aims to bridge this gap in our understanding of small social systems. The book aims to explain, illustrate, and model the unique and fascinating nature of small (social) systems by relying on deep scientific foundations and by using examples from sport, movies, music, and the martial arts. To support its friendly exposition of challenging scientific ideas, the book also discusses entertaining questions such as (1) why inviting your mother-in-law to dinner might be a challenging event, for reasons you have never considered; (2) why soccer teams should be messy in order to win; (3) why Nazis are deeply wrong in their understanding of the importance of entropy; and (4) why panda fighters failed in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).

"How Small Systems Work is a welcome book, which sheds light on a branch of mathematics overlooked by scholars: how networks store information. Focusing on small systems, the book asks fundamental questions, providing the tools (and the examples) for answering them with fun. Neuman analyses, with plenty of humor, the dynamics of a family of cats, the pleasure of listening to jazz, and the science behind football championships, while uncovering hidden gems in the history of cinema

Dr. Mario Alemi, author of The Amazing Journey of Reason: from DNA to Artificial Intelligence

Presents a general logic underlying small social systems of quite different kinds

Written with a scientific albeit friendly, conceptual, and entertaining orientation

Provides numerous examples from various fields


Professor Yair Neuman (b. 1968) is the author of numerous papers and eight academic books published by leading publishers. He has been a visiting professor at various universities, such as Oxford, Toronto and MIT, and holds a full professorship at the Department of Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. His most recent book, dealing with mathematics and literature, appeared in a new book series published in collaboration with the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences.

Part I.- Introduction: On unhappy families, unsuccessful football teams, and grandmothers' intuition.- On the foxes of Leicester, underdogs, and Lady Fortuna.- There is no motherfucker who can stop (the flow of) time.- Part II.- The enemy of art is the enemy of soccer: On constraints, Thai boxing, and love triangles.- How messy should you be to win a match? On the yin and yang of entropy.- Unique interactions: On chemistry in love and soccer.- How to identify the weakest link in the chain: From Sir Shackleton to Anna Karenina and the German national football team.- Discussion.


Titel: How Small Social Systems Work
Untertitel: From Soccer Teams to Jazz Trios and Families
EAN: 9783030822378
Format: Fester Einband
Hersteller: Springer International Publishing
Herausgeber: Springer, Berlin
Genre: Physik & Astronomie
Anzahl Seiten: 178
Gewicht: 471g
Größe: H235mm x B235mm x T155mm
Auflage: 1st ed. 2021

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