The Universe as Automaton

From Simplicity and Symmetry to Complexity

  • Klaus Mainzer
  • Leon Chua

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Complexity book series (BRIEFSCOMPLEXITY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Klaus Mainzer, Leon Chua
    Pages 1-16
  3. Klaus Mainzer, Leon Chua
    Pages 17-24
  4. Klaus Mainzer, Leon Chua
    Pages 25-30
  5. Klaus Mainzer, Leon Chua
    Pages 31-43
  6. Klaus Mainzer, Leon Chua
    Pages 45-65
  7. Klaus Mainzer, Leon Chua
    Pages 67-74
  8. Klaus Mainzer, Leon Chua
    Pages 75-85
  9. Klaus Mainzer, Leon Chua
    Pages 87-103
  10. Klaus Mainzer, Leon Chua
    Pages 105-108

About this book


This booklet is an essay at the interface of philosophy and complexity research, trying to inspire the reader with new ideas and new conceptual developments of cellular automata.  Going beyond the numerical experiments of Steven Wolfram, it is argued that cellular automata must be considered complex dynamical systems in their own right, requiring appropriate analytical models in order to find precise answers and predictions in the universe of cellular automata. 

Indeed, eventually we have to ask whether cellular automata can be considered models of the real world and, conversely, whether there are limits to our modern approach of attributing the world, and the universe for that matter, essentially a digital reality.


Cellular Automata brief overview Cellular automaton Church-turing thesis Philosophy of complex systems Universe as a computer

Authors and affiliations

  • Klaus Mainzer
    • 1
  • Leon Chua
    • 2
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Philosophie und, WissenschaftstheorieTechnische Unviversität MünchenMünchenGermany
  2. 2.EECS DepartmentUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-23476-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-23477-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5326
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5334
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