UNIVERSE

Chapter 22 "THE SECOND LAW OF ORGANIZATION"

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W. Daniel Hillis: Doyne was in that group of physicists at Los Alamos who were starting to think about complexity, nonlinear phenomena, and adaptive systems. They began to realize that things like "strange attractors" were really ubiquitous in any kind of system — economic systems and biological systems, not just physical systems. That was an incredibly important idea, because it allowed all these people to start talking to each other.


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J. DOYNE FARMER is a physicist, an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and a cofounder of Prediction Company, an investment firm. 

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Part Three QUESTIONS OF ORIGIN

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In a manner of speaking, the physicists came to the wrong book. It is interesting to note that for the most part they have little to say about the other scientists in this book, and, similarly, the other people do not comment on their work. This may have to do with the fact that the language of physics is mathematics; it may also be that ideas about complexity and evolution have not had the same relevance for cosmology and physics as they have for biology and computer science. Astronomers have studied the spectra of light emitted by distant stars billions of years ago, and have so far found no indication that the laws of physics have changed over this epoch.

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