From: Ian Wright (wrighti@ACM.ORG)
Date: Thu Nov 15 2007 - 13:12:57 EST
Please circulate: apologies for cross-posting ============================================= Conference: Probabilistic Political Economy -- "Laws of Chaos" in the 21st Century Conference website: www.probabilisticpoliticaleconomy.net Call for papers: http://iwright.googlepages.com/cfp Publicity for the conference has generated a very encouraging level of interest, and abstracts of proposed papers are being submitted at a steady rate. We hope very much that you too will be able to take part in our celebration of Farjoun and Machover's work, which looks set to be a stimulating encounter between marxian political economy and econophysics that will enrich both perspectives. Please send an abstract of your proposal as soon as possible to the Kingston University abstract submissions page http://fass.kingston.ac.uk/conferences/apply/index.shtml remembering to select "Probabilistic Political Economy Conference, July 2008" from the drop-down menu at the start of section 2. Note that a recently-discovered glitch in the abstract submission page has prompted us to put back the deadline to Monday, November 26 (with acceptances to be issued by Monday, December 17). News section ======================== Review article on Econophysics ---------------------------- One of our invited speakers, Professor Victor Yakovenko, has a review article ("Econophysics, Statistical Mechanics Approach to") for the Encyclopedia of Complexity and System Science, to be published by Springer, which is obtainable here: http://arxiv.org/pdf/0709.3662 Professor Yakovenko's home page is http://www2.physics.umd.edu/~yakovenk/ Statistical Mechanics of Money ------------------------------ Professor Yakovenko's work in this area has been implemented as a simulation in Mathematica 6.0 by Ian Wright and published in The Wolfram Demonstrations Project. It is available at: http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/StatisticalMechanicsOfMoney/ Anyone with a web browser can get a good idea of the model. And anyone with the freely available Mathematica Reader can play around with it. Those with Mathematica 6.0 can get the source code, and develop it further. Social Architecture model ------------------------------- Ian Wright has also published Mathematica 6.0 source code implementing his social "architecture of capitalism" simulation described in Wright (2005)*. The Mathematica code is available at: http://188.8.131.52/wright/socialArchitectureModel.nb Even without a copy of Mathematica you can get an idea of the simulation in PDF form: http://184.108.40.206/wright/socialArchitectureModel.pdf Ian writes: "The source code is quite concise, very portable, and also automatically visualizes the important distributions. I am hoping that interested students might take the source code, play around with it, and develop it further." * Wright, I. (2005) "The social architecture of capitalism". Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 346, pp. 589-622. Submitting previously-published work ---------------------------------- We have been asked about our attitude to proposals to present work that has already been published. Our view is that review of existing contributions inspired by "Laws of Chaos" is indeed a appropriate part of the conference. However we strongly feel that pointing out new directions for probabilistic political economy is at least as important. Therefore, while we welcome proposals relating to existing published papers, we would prefer where possible for such proposals to be accompanied by ones relating to new work (which may of course be work-in-progress). With best wishes, The Organising Committee Julian Wells, Senior Lecturer in Economics at Kingston University, UK. Eric Sheppard, Professor of Economic Geography, University of Minnesota, USA. Ian Wright, Research Student, Open University, UK.
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