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Themes and variations in complex systems

Robert M. Hazen and Niles Eldredge
Themes and variations in complex systems
Elements (February 2010) 6 (1): 43-46


Complex systems display diversification in type, patterning, and behavior over time through varied selective mechanisms. Such systems are observed in numerous natural and cultural contexts, including nucleosynthesis, minerals, prebiotic organic synthesis, languages, material culture, and cellular life. These systems possess such qualitatively similar characteristics as diversification into new environments (radiation), episodic periods of innovation (punctuation), and loss of types (extinction). Comparisons among these varied systems thus point to general principles of complexification.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 6
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Themes and variations in complex systems
Affiliation: Carnegie Institution of Washington, Geophysical Laboratory, Washington, DC, United States
Pages: 43-46
Published: 201002
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 40
Accession Number: 2010-027061
Categories: Miscellaneous
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: American Museum of Natural History, USA, United States
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201016
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