Complexity in science: syntaxis versus semantics

Year: 1998

Authors: Arecchi F.T.

Autors Affiliation: Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Largo E. Fermi 6, 50125 Firenze, Italy;
Department of Physics, Italy University of Firenze, 50125 Firenze, Italy

Abstract: A definition of the objects of a science in terms of precise measuring operations M gives the objects a set-theoretical character whereby complexity, seen as a multiplicity of possible final outcomes, emerges. An adaptive strategy introduces a frequent readjustment of the M setting, which reduces that multiplicity. This way, an adaptive cognitive task can be seen as the extraction of a simple map out of a complex landscape.


Volume: 3 (1)      Pages from: 30  to: 40

KeyWords: complexity; science;