Complexity Explorer Santa Few Institute



Signs of Life: How Complexity Pervades Biology

"In every major field of biology, from molecular genetics and neurobiology, through animal behavior and ecology, to evolution, extinction, and economics, there are well-known phenomena that today's standard theories are powerless to explain - Why don't cells in identical environments with identical genomes live identical lives? How do such simple creatures as ants and termites manage such complex behavior as building nests? Why did all the animal kingdom's basic body plans appear in a single geological era, and no new ones since? Yet, as Ricard Sole and Brian Goodwin show, various tools of complexity theory can offer us new ways to understand these phenomena."

R. V. Solé & B. C. Goodwin
Complex Systems, Chaos, Nonlinear Dynamics, Emergence, Fractals, Cities, Evolution