Emergence and Cellular Automata

  • William Seager
Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)


Despite its portentous name, emergence seems to be the most natural thing in the world. Everywhere we look we find things which possess properties which their components or constituents lack. Trees are made of leaves, trunk and root, but none of these things are trees in their own right. If anything about the structure of nature seems obvious and irrefutable it is that nature possesses a hierarchical structure within which ‘higher level’ entities have properties lacked by ‘lower level’ entities.


Cellular Automaton Turing Machine Life World Radical Emergence Emergent Feature 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Toronto ScarboroughScarboroughCanada

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