App DescriptionA beautifully illustrated interactive introduction to complexity
scienceâ€”a whole new way of understanding our world. Each
characteristic of complexity science is presented in an engaging and
Until the last few decades, scientists have been limited to trying to
understand living organisms and other complex systems by studying
their individual parts. Complexity science looks at the big
pictureâ€”all of the separate parts and the connections and interactions
between themâ€”because the whole really is greater than the sum of its
In this app you will discover:
â€¢ What your nervous system has in common with power grids.
â€¢ What it would mean to measure a cloud and how you would do it.
â€¢ How understanding cockroaches will help human beings survive
and thrive in an increasingly complex and dangerous world.
This app was created by the Cultural Technology Program at New Mexico
Highlands University in association with scientists at the Santa Fe
Institute, a world renowned center for complexity research, in
conjunction with an exhibit entitled "Emergence: A New View of Lifeâ€™s
Origin" on view at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
in Albuquerque (www.nmnaturalhistory.org/emergence).
July 29, 2011 Initial Release