Hierarchy in Natural and Social Sciences (Methodos Series) (by Denise Pumain)


Author(s): Denise Pumain

Publisher: Springer
Publish date: 2005-12-07
ISBN-10: 1402041268
ISBN-13: 9781402041266
Language: English
Description:
Hierarchy is a form of organisation of complex systems that rely
on or produce a strong differentiation in capacity (power and
size) between the parts of the system. It is frequently observed
within the natural living world as well as in social
institutions. According to the authors, hierarchy results from
random processes, follows an intentional design, or is the result
of the organisation which ensures an optimal circulation of
energy for information.
This book reviews ancient and modern representations and
explanations of hierarchies, and compares their relevance in a
variety of fields, such as language, societies,… more…

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