Monday, April 20, 2009

Physics and Complexity

This paper is concerned with complex macroscopic behaviour arising in many-body systems through the combinations of competitive interactions and disorder, even with simple ingredients at the microscopic level. It attempts to indicate and illustrate the richness that has arisen, in conceptual understanding, in methodology and in application, across a large range of scientific disciplines, together with a hint of some of the further opportunities that remain to be tapped. In doing so it takes the perspective of physics and tries to show, albeit rather briefly, how physics has contributed and been stimulated.

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