By Professor Dr. Wolfgang Weidlich, Dr. Günter Haag (auth.)

While the volumes hitherto released within the Springer sequence in Synergetics were dedicated virtually solely to the self-organized formation of constructions in physics, chemistry and biology, the current monograph by means of Weidlich and Haag bargains with the formation of "structures" (or "patterns") in society. at the beginning look it will look a bold company to accommodate the complicated approaches in society utilizing strategies and techniques first constructed in physics. yet over the last decade it's been proven that there's a huge classification of phenomena in quite a few fields to which unifying innovations should be utilized. this can be particulary precise of events during which a method composed of many components or members acquires a brand new constitution on macroscopic scales. certainly, this can be the definition of synergetics which I formulated greater than a decade in the past, and which shaped the foundation of my survey at the profound analogies within the behaviour of advanced structures, includ ing these of sociology (H. Haken: Synergetics. An advent, quantity 1 of this series). As i've got mentioned on many events, the common validity of those strategies is neither unintended neither is it because of an insignificant extension of actual ideas to different fields, yet is as a substitute a outcome of deep-rooted struc tural homes of platforms of interacting elements that are as a result of rigorous mathe maticallaws. ordinarily conversing, techniques and strategies initially utilized in physics may be utilized to sociological phenomena in ways.

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5 an interpretation in terms of a society at the crossroads between a liberal and a totalitarian state can be made. The reason for this is the higher willingness of the individual to adapt to the prevailing opinion. As can be seen in Figs. 3 band c and Fig. , as discussed in Sect. 3, can be observed. e. the most probable society still has a balanced opinion distribution. However, the dispersion of the distribution is now very large. This implies that large and persistent fluctuating deviations from the balanced situation can be expected.

11 b corresponds to the situation in a liberal society with slow changes in preference trends (large 1). The time dependence of all the variables is almost the same as in Fig. 11 a but now the opinion configuration (x) t' follows the slow variations in 0 (f') almost without delay. In the Figs. 12a, b time has been eliminated and (x) is represented as a function ofthe preference parameter O. Illustrated are so-called hysteresis loops for which the Figs. 12a, b correspond to the results of Figs. 11a, b.

DO. ~~+---f'~ -20. -10. 0. 10. 20. In f Fig. 7. 20. ~~L-~~~~~~+ O'DD)L~L-,c~ In f -20. -10. 0. 10. 20. Fig. 8. 5 The Sociological Interpretation of the Model 49 the distributions into their new equilibrium shapes as calculated from the master equation. In Fig. 7 the distribution remains symmetrical. The initial fluctuation enhancement and the subsequent drift dominated development of the bimodal distribution into equilibrium can be observed. In Fig. 8 the first stages of the development are the same as in Fig.