Academic Year 2015/2016 - 1° Year - Curriculum FISICA TEORICA
Teaching Staff: Andrea RAPISARDA
Credit Value: 6
Scientific field: FIS/02 - Theoretical physics, mathematical models and methods
Taught classes: 48 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

he course aims to present a broad overview of models and of statistical and numerical techniques for the study and characterization of complex phenomena, of physical, biological and socioeconomic kind.

Detailed Course Content

Determinism and predictability. Deterministic chaos and sensitivity to initial conditions. Iterative maps and Hamiltonian systems. Lyapunov exponents. Kolmogorov-Sinai entropy. Strange attractors and fractal dimensions. KAM theorem. Chaos and complexity. Emergency, interdependence and self-organization. Examples of complex systems of various kinds: turbulent fluids, financial and economic systems, biological, geological and social systems. Models and numerical techniques for a quantitative study. Generalized Statistics. Superstatistics. Self-organized criticality. Methods of time series analysis. Cellular automata. Agent-based models. Models of opinion dynamics and synchronization. Efficiency of random strategies. Techniques and algorithms for numerical simulations. Complex networks. Random networks, small-world and scale-free. Characterization and main measures of centrality of complex networks.

Textbook Information

R.C. Hilborn : Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics Oxford University Press (1994)

J.C. Sprott: Chaos and Time-series Analysis,, Oxford University Press (2003)

E. Ott: Chaos in Dynamical systems, Cambridge University Press (1993)

F. R. Badii e A. Politi: Complexity, Cambridge University Press (1997)

Y. Bar-Yam: Dynamics of Complex systems, Westview press (1997)

Z. R.N. Mantegna e H.E. Stanley: An introduction to Econophysics, Cambridge University Press (2000)

H. Kantz e T. Schreiber : Nonlinear Time Series Analysis, Cambridge University Press (2000) S.N. Dorogovtsev e J.F.F. Mendes: Evolution of Networks,, Oxford University Press (2003)

L. Barabasi, Network Science, Cambridge University Press (2016)