New Perspectives on Complexity
I would like in this presentation to explain why the study of complexity has become so interesting today. The idea of studying complex systems is, of course, by no means new. Some 2,000 years ago, Aristotle had already studied domains as varied as marine biology and the political organization of towns. But, it is our present situation, rather, which is, in a sense, unique. When one thinks of complex phenomena, one immediately thinks of biology, society, economics, or areas of this kind, and when one thinks about simple phenomena, the repeatable experiments of physics and chemistry and the domain of planetary motion are what spring naturally to mind. The remarkable feature of our time is that the gap between these two sets of phenomena has narrowed dramatically.
KeywordsConvection Hexagonal Coherence Egypt
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 1.G. Nicolis and I. Prigogine, Self-Organization in Non-Equilibrium Systems: From Dissipative Structures to Order through Fluctuations (Wiley Interscience, New York, 1977 ): I. Prigogine and I. Stengers, Order Out of Chaos (Bantam Books, Toronto, New York, London, Sydney, 1984 ).Google Scholar
- 3.E. Baras et al., “Stochastic Theory of Adiabatic Explosion,” J. Stat. Phys., vol. 32, no. 1 (1983).Google Scholar
- 4.C. Nicolis and G. Nicolis, Nature (in press).Google Scholar
- 6.S. Pahaut (paper in progress).Google Scholar