A New Kind of Book
Beyond Connecting the Dots is a new kind of book on Systems Thinking and Modeling. Rather than being constrained by the printed page, it runs digitally on your computer or your tablet. Because of this it can provide you an exciting experience that goes beyond the printed word. The models in the book are truly interactive and you can directly experiment with them within the book as you read about them. Beyond Connecting the Dots is more than a book; it is a truly interactive learning environment that lets you play with ideas rather than just read them.
Models in Beyond Connecting the Dots are living. You can interact with them and experiment with them right in the book. Each model contains a guided tour that you can sit back and watch. Alternatively, you can jump in and take the reins adjusting the model on-the-fly to see the results. You can change all the model's parameters or adjust its structure, all right within the book! If you want, you can even load up the models in Insight Maker, a powerful on-line modeling platform, to extend the models with your own ideas and share them with others.
From Beginner to Expert
Beyond Connecting the Dots covers all aspects of Systems Thinking and Modeling. It starts on a very basic conceptual level and assumes you do not have a modeling or mathematical background. As the book progresses it becomes increasingly advanced providing you expert knowledge that will be both challenging and rewarding. Whatever your skill level, Beyond Connecting the Dots has something for you. Read the next section to see the full list of subject matter in the book.
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Chapter Contents: Modeling from A - Z
I. Web of Wonder
Discover the basic building blocks that allow you to strip away confusion and develop a meaningful understanding of why things work the way they do.
II. Developing Understanding
Develop a deeper understanding of concepts and structures by interacting with a diverse range of models presented to reinforce and extend the modeling process.
III. Applied Understanding
Experience insights possible when interacting with modeling concepts applied to seek out understanding of real situations from a broad range of disciplines.
IV. Models and Truth
Understand what a model truly is and master the fundamental divide between the two key kinds of modeling.
V. Building Confidence
Having your model be right is not enough, you need it to persuade your audience. Learn the techniques to build a model that persuades and creates confidence in its audience.
VI. The Process of Modeling
Walk through the process of building a complex model from start to finish. Starting with just an idea, take the steps of developing the idea and building it into a full model.
VII. The Mathematics of Modeling
Explore the beautiful mathematics underlying modeling. Learn to approach the modeling techniques you have already learned with a new understanding and appreciation.
VIII. Equilibrium and Stability Analysis
Develop rigorous analytical tools to prove undisputable mathematical conclusions about the behavior of dynamics systems.
IX. Optimization and Complexity
Automatically adjust the levers of your model in order to achieve a goal like maximizing profits or minimizing unhappiness. Understand the paradoxical nature of complexity in models and learn how to adjust for it.
X. Modeling with Agents
Model the interactions of individuals using Agent Based Modeling. See the dynamics of a complex system evolve out of simple rules and building blocks.
XI. Going Global
Use the Internet to share and publish your models. Create discussion forums around your models or develop interactive sites based on your models.
Try your hand on the included exercises in the book as you go. And, do not forget the dozens of fully interactive models.
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