Community Ecology

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 247–248 | Cite as

The ‘emergent property’ of Anand and Li is a mathematical artefact. Emergent properties do not exist

  • J. B. Wilson


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. B. Wilson
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  1. 1.Botany DepartmentUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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