What is Complexity?

6 Sep 2017, 14:00
30m
Aula ()

Aula

oral EPS

Speaker

Grassberger Peter (Forschungszentrum Juelich)

Description

We have now institutes for complex systems, conferences on complex systems, and journals of complex systems. So most of us have a good feeling what is a complex system. But what is complexity itself, and is there any way to measure it? The answer to this is surprisingly non-trivial. Indeed, there is no universally agreed concept, according to which a bacterium is more complex than a human. But how can we do complex systems science, if we cannot measure complexity? How would we do thermodynamics, if we could not measure temperature? In this talk I will not give answers, but I will discuss several approaches that give partial answers at least.

Primary author

Grassberger Peter (Forschungszentrum Juelich)

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