Complexity of the big and small

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dc.contributor.advisor Cilliers, Paul
dc.contributor.advisor Geyer, Hendrik B. Cejnarova, Andrea en_ZA
dc.contributor.other University of Stellenbosch. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Dept. of Philosophy. 2008-07-01T10:00:01Z en_ZA 2010-06-01T09:04:51Z 2008-07-01T10:00:01Z en_ZA 2010-06-01T09:04:51Z 2005-03 en_ZA
dc.description Thesis (MA (Philosophy))--University of Stellenbosch, 2005.
dc.description.abstract It seems to be a priori impossible to formulate any general theory or model that encompasses all of the properties of complexity. So, one must make do with partial solutions. A possible approach we propose is to take inspiration from quantum theory, since there seems to be a strong analogy between complex systems and quantum systems. Although we do not propose any literal application of quantum mechanical formalism to complexity, we suggest that the language of quantum mechanics is already so well developed - and for a much wider spectrum of problems than most theories - that it can serve as a model for complexity theory. There are many problems common to both complex systems and quantum systems and we suggest that it might be useful to test the applicability of aspects of the “language” of quantum mechanics to a general complex system. What we suggest here is an interdisciplinary talk led between the natural sciences and philosophy, which we believe is the only way in which to deal with complexity “as such”. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch
dc.subject Complexity (Philosophy) en
dc.subject Quantum theory en
dc.subject Philosophy and science en
dc.subject Complexity theory en
dc.subject Complex systems en
dc.subject Quantum systems en
dc.subject Dissertations -- Philosophy en
dc.subject Theses -- Philosophy en
dc.title Complexity of the big and small en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA
dc.rights.holder University of Stellenbosch
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