Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the science of complex systems, and its importance to understanding the world around us.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss complexity and how it can help us understand the world around us. When living beings come together and act in a group, they do so in complicated and unpredictable ways: societies often behave very differently from the individuals within them. Complexity was a phenomenon little understood a generation ago, but research into complex systems now has important applications in many different fields, from biology to political science. Today it is being used to explain how birds flock, to predict traffic flow in cities and to study the spread of diseases.
Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick
Professor of Complexity Science and Design at the Open University
Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly
Director of the Complexity Research Group at the London School of Economics.
Producer: Thomas Morris.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Linked: The New Science of Networks (Perseus Books, 2003)
Mark Buchanan, Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Science of Networks (W. W. Norton & Company, 2003)
Mark Earls, Herd: How to Change Mass Behaviour by Harnessing Our True Nature (John Wiley & Sons, 2009)
Roger Lewin, Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos (University of Chicago Press, 1992)
Melanie Mitchell, Complexity: A Guided Tour (Oxford University Press, 2011)
Herbert Simon, The Sciences of the Artificial (MIT Press, 1996)
Steven Strogatz, Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order (Hyperion, 2003)
Duncan Watts, Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness (Princeton University Press, 2003)
|Interviewed Guest||Ian Stewart|
|Interviewed Guest||Jeff Johnson|
|Interviewed Guest||Eve Mitleton-Kelly|