September 23rd 2010, at the Cambridge Judge Business School
Complexity theory has been embraced by a wide range of disciplines – physics, biology, earth sciences and economics, strategy development, urban planning and climate modelling to name but afew. It developed, through the 20th century, out of early systems thinking, non-equilibrium thermodynamics and evolutionary theory. But is there one theory or many? Are some of these applications more metaphorical than scientific? Is complexity primarily a worldview or a methodology? Can we deepen our knowledge by sharing views across disciplines?
This workshop, sponsored by the Institute of Physics Nonlinear and Complex Physics group, provided a forum to explore the way complexity is understood by different disciplines and provide the opportunity for cross-disciplinary learning and debate.