System Similarities and Natural Laws

Casti JL (1984). System Similarities and Natural Laws. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-84-001

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Abstract

The problem of the existence of natural "laws" in the social and behavioral sciences as opposed to empirical relations is considered. It is shown that this question is intimately tied-up with the question of when two systems are equivalent. Tools from the mathematical theory of singularities of smooth mappings are employed to formalize the equivalence issue and to provide an operational mathematical basis for investigating the existence of laws of nature. The theory developed is applied to a spectrum of situations arising in water resource analysis, forestry management and urban development.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: Resources and Environment Area (REN)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:55
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2016 15:49
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/2517

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