23 Oct 2018
18:15  - 20:00

eikones Forum

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Abendvortrag mit Sean Silver (NOMIS Fellow): Towards a History of Complexity: Images and Models

Stephen Hawking pronounced this the century of complexity.  But thinking of things as the complex entanglements of simpler components has a long history, even in the limited sense of its importance to the arts and sciences of Western Europe.  This talk recovers one aspect of that history, beginning with arguably the very first image used to model a complex system as such.  From alchemical elements to quasi-crystals, corpuscular affections to ecological entanglements, images have all along been crucial to modelling complex systems.  This talk traces a few steps towards a history of these techniques.

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