The Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems

Various authors, Oct 26, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

If you have been following the discussion with David Merrill on ITForum, a discussion which has touched on the distinction between simple and complex systems, you will find this site to be worth a read. "Complex systems can be identified by what they do - display organization without a central organizing principle (emergence) and also by how they may or may not be analyzed - decomposing the system and analyzing subparts does not necessarily give a clue as to the behavior of the whole. A rough definition: A complex system is a system with a large number of elements, building blocks or agents, capable of interacting with each other and with their environment." Via elearnspace.
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