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The emergence of complexity in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology - Bernard Pullman

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Title
The emergence of complexity in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology - proceedings plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences 27-31 October 1992
Author
Bernard Pullman
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Princeton University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19970724

Complexity studies, though still in their infancy, are controversial. By viewing different systems--whether those in biological, physical, or even social sciences--as a series of interacting "agents," researchers involved in complexity explore a rich and diverse set of phenomena such as self-organization and adaptation. They use these phenomena to model and explain such things as the formation of cities, the behavior of the stock market, and the origin of life.


In this volume, some of the world's leading scientists discuss the role of complexity across all the scientific disciplines. Opinions differ: for some, complexity holds the key to a deeper and fuller understanding of the world about us; to others, it is merely a modern version of the philosophers' stone. For the reader, it provides glimpses and insight into arguably the most exciting approach to science currently available.

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Bernard Pullman, who died in 1996, was a major figure in theoretical biochemistry, and was the Director of the Institut de Biologie Chimie Physique in Paris.

"[Proceedings from] immensely serious gatherings of eminent intellectuals in several fields to 'reflect' on general questions. . . . [T]he central material concerns the emergence of global complexity from local simplicity, as found in, for example, chaos theory in mathematics, the growth of crystals and quasicrystals, and biological evolution."
Australian & New Zealand Physicist

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Mathematics.|Physics.|Chemistry.|Biology.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
472

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