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new cellular automata book

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  • Subject: [mg4692] new cellular automata book
  • From: gaylord at ux1.cso.uiuc.edu (richard j. gaylord)
  • Date: Sun, 25 Aug 1996 18:23:18 -0400
  • Organization: university of illinois
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

a new book on cellular automata models of natural phenomena was published
today. 

"MODELING NATURE: Cellular Automata Simulations with Mathematica" 

              by

Richard J. Gaylord and Kazume Nishidate

published by TELOS/Springer-Verlag

it may take a week or two for the book to make its way from the
publisher's warehouse into the bookstores but it is available now and can
be ordered directly from the publisher.

their telephone number is [i think] 1-800-SPRINGER

below is the back cover copy from the book:



((Shelving info)): Physics/Biology/Mathematica®-Related 

MODELING NATURE 
Cellular Automata Simulations with Mathematica®

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"What the authors have done is most exciting! This is a clever-tool book,
or clever tool-book and I am absolutely overwhelmed by the power of the
tools presented here which allows so many things to be done with so little
investment of time."

-Chris Adami, California Institute of Technology
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The cellular automata models in this text are implemented in the
Mathematica programming language. This allows the use of a simple
rule-based programming style (fully explained in the text), which
minimizes the amount of programming that is needed, and makes it possible
to create, run, visualize and analyze CA simulations in a single
computational environment. The book is designed for use both inside and
outside the classroom by any undergraduate or graduate student, academic
or industrial researcher, or amateur science enthusiast. 

The accompanying 3.5" diskette contains all of the programs developed in
the book, plus select graphics files. These resources can be used by the
reader to launch one's own CA investigations. The disk can be read by
Unix®, IBM®-compatible, NeXT® and Macintosh® computers. Version 2.0, or
later, of Mathematica® is recommended. 

Contents:

*A toolkit for Programming Cellular
Automata                                                                          

*The Game of Life
*Traffic
Engineering                                                               
*Spinoidal Decompostion and Phase Ordering in Binary Mixtures 
*Solidification
*Snowflakes  
*Interacting Random Walkers
*Interfacial Diffusion Fronts and Gradient Percolation 
*Two-Species Driven Diffusion  
*Coalescence
*Adsorption-Desorption      
*Chemotaxis                                                              
*Ant Colony Activity                                              
*Predator-Prey Ecosystems
*Contagion in Excitable Media
*Evolution of Cooperation and the Spatial Prisoner's Dilemma Game          
*Appendices: Programming with Mathematica;  Working with Lists; Program Listing 

       

Richard J. Gaylord is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science
and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is
co-author of two other Mathematica-based texts published by
TELOS/Springer-Verlag. His research interests are in the area of
algorithmic science, the modeling of natural phenomena with computer
programs.

Kazume Nishidate is a Research Associate in the Department of Electrical
and Electronic Engineering, Iwate University, Japan. In addition to
scientific programming, he has research interests in computational physics
and statistical mechanics,

-- 
"if you're not programming functionally, then you're programming dysfunctionally"

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