The integration of ideas and methods from many disciplines into the study of complex systems has recently generated excitement in the scientific community and among the general public about the possibilities this new field holds. Armed with the knowledge that real-world events and actions have multiple causes and consequences, and that order and structure exist at many different scales of time, space and organization, scientists are coming up with new ways to address questions bout the world that cannot be answered by focusing on individual forces or parts.
As this volume of proceedings for the widely-acclaimed First International Conference on Complex Systems shows, the study of complex systems holds extraordinary promise for topics in physical, biological and social systems, from meteorology to individual psychology, from the dynamics of social and economic change to the human genome. Unifying Themes in Complex Systems creates a common foundation, knowledge base, language, and context for the discipline that is essential to the growth of the field.
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