Frustration defines complexity in new theory

August 29th, 2008  |  by  |  Published in Research News

What do computers, the stock market, weather and the immune system have in common?

The crucial common feature is the simultaneous existence of opposing trends that cannot defeat each other, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Professor of Physics and Astronomy Philippe M. Binder argues in the April 18, 2008, issue of Science.

Binder’s concept of “dynamical frustration”, a property that can show geometrical, computational or multiple-scale facets, is a departure from commonly accepted theories, which hold that complex systems with the ability to evolve or adapt are driven by cooperating behavior among components.

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