The Physics of Complex Systems

Dr. Richard Baum
Professor of Political Science


Dr. Richard Baum

Synopsis of background:

Richard Baum is Professor of Political Science at UCLA, where he specializes in the study of Chinese and East Asian politics and international relations. He grew up in Westwood, attended UCLA, and received both his M.A and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

After joining the UCLA faculty in1968, he served as a director of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and a founding member of the China Council of the Asia Society. He has been a consultant to numerous public and private organizations, including the U.S. Government, the United Nations, and the RAND Corporation. He is past chairman of the faculty Committee on Chinese Studies at UCLA.

He has lived and traveled widely throughout East Asia and has written, co-authored, and edited eight books and more than sixty scholarly articles. He has been a frequent contributor to the editorial pages of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and other major newspapers. His most recent book, "Burying Mao: Chinese Politics in the Age of Deng Xiaoping," was published by Princeton University Press in 1994. A paperback edition is due out in December 1995.


On Homeokinetics:

"My interest in homeokinetic social physics was piqued by my concern with the primordial origins and evolution of specialized political institutions and cultures. I have written two papers on the subject: "Locating Politics: A Preliminary Inquiry into the Origins and Evolution of Command and Control in Human Collectivities" (1988); and "Ritual and Rationality: Sacred Origins of the Bureaucratic Tradition in Ancient China" (1986). I have been a regular member of the Homeokinetic Physics group since 1984."

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