New lecture series unravels complexity
What do economic crises, traffic jams and flocks of birds have in common? They can be described as complex systems. Complexity is the common denominator, that connects an increasing number of scientists from natural-, life-, and social sciences who are studying complex systems, networks and behaviours. This new approach to reality takes its roots in mathematics and computational science but has become popular in past decennia and has developed further in various scientific disciplines. It has become a promising, multidisciplinary approach to reality.
Under supervision of Peter Sloot, director of the recently launched Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS), and in cooperation with the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS), a line-up of topnotch researchers are presented. Professors like Marten Scheffers (WUR) about ‘tipping points’of ecological systems, Charlotte Hemelrijk (RUG) on self-organizing flocks of birds, Peter Schall about finding structures in chaos on the road, are a choice of the many topics in this course.
Complexity has become a promising, multidisciplinary approach that can show the impact of theoretical science on reality.