Emergence: how order springs from complexity

Kenjiro Gomes

Tuesday November 1st 2016 - 7:00 pm ET

101 Jordan Hall of Science

In nature, quite often the whole is smarter than the sum of its parts. Try to imagine a society of bees. Even if we understand the behavior of a single bee very well, we couldn’t predict how the society of bees actually functions on a larger scale. The term “emergence” refers to how the large scale characteristics appear as the unexpected result of the collective behavior of each unit. This phenomenon happens very often in all fields of science, whether it is physics, biology, economics or computer science. In this talk, we will examine how we understand electrons, ants and even cities.

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