BioND — Dynamics of Biological Networks

Coming to grips with complexity

Thilo Gross
In G. Porstmann and J. Schmidt, Eds.: World and System: Contemporary Art between Analysis, the Search for Meaning and Dilemma, Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg, ISBN 978-3-86984-159-5, 2010.


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The word "complex" is ubiquitous in today's world, which seems to be full of complex systems, complex relationships, and, of course, complex problems. But what does complex really mean? Complicated as a potential synonym comes immedeately to mind. Yet there is a difference. Calling a situation complicated conveys an impression of boredom and tediousness. By contrast a complex situation promises to be intriguing, even fascinating, when studied closely ...