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Afterword

  • Daniel Walgraef
Part of the Partially Ordered Systems book series (PARTIAL.ORDERED)

Abstract

The search for simplicity has always been an important trend of scientific activities. However, today, as it may be seen in many aspects of physics, chemistry, biology, and so on, a new trend is clear: the degree of complexity is increasing. In fact, it is true for every field where systems are operating in far-from-thermal equilibrium conditions. We saw how these systems are able to develope spontaneous self-organization processes and produce all kinds of microstructures. Hence, this justifies the statement made at the beginning, that understanding the origin of spatio-temporal order in systems far from thermal equilibrium and the mechanisms of structure formation and selection of their symmetries is a major theme of present-day research into the structures of continuous matter.

Keywords

Constitutive Relation Collective Behavior Line Defect Classical Domain Defect Population 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Walgraef
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  1. 1.Center for Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex SystemsUniversité Libre de BruxellesBruxellesBelgium

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