Includes bibliographical references (p. -238) and index.
Introduction. Physics and Cybernetics.- Subject and Methodology of Cybernetical Physics.- Control of Conservative Systems.- Control of Dissipative Systems.- Controlled Synchronization.- Control of Chaos.- Control of Interconnected and Distributed Systems.- Control Algorithms and Evolution of Physical Systems.- Examples.- Conclusions.
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The control of complex systems is one of the most important aspects in dealing with systems exhibiting nonlinear behaviour or similar features that defy traditional control techniques. This specific subject is gradually becoming known as cybernetical physics, borrowing methods from both theoretical physics and control engineering. Emphasis of the book is on the examination of fundamental limits on energy transformation by means of control procedures in both conservative and dissipative systems. A survey of application in physics includes the control of synchronisation of coupled oscillators, pendulum chains, reactions in physical chemistry and of quantum systems such as the dissociation of diatomic molecules. This book has been written having research from various backgrounds in physics, mathematics and engineering in mind and is thus also suitable as introduction to graduate students working on the understanding of a broad range of complex systems in the natural sciences. (source: Nielsen Book Data)