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Complex Systems and the Humanities

Complex Systems and the Humanities Director: Bill Kretzschmar, Harry and Jane Willson Professor in Humanities, Department of English Description A complex system is a system in which large networks of components with no central control and simple rules of operation give rise to complex collective behavior, sophisticated information processing, and adaptation via learning or evolution. Complexity science has proven useful in research on evolutionary biology, quantum physics, ecology, among others. An ant hill is a complex system, and so is the human immune system.

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