INTERACTIONS : SO COMPLICATED IT’S SIMPLE
October 6, 2013 § Leave a comment
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” — Leonardo da Vinci has allegedly said. How does nature resolve this paradox? The appearance of simplicity of a system is a consequence of such an intricate network of interactions of its parts that the whole appears to be so perfectly unified that… nothing that can be added to or taken away from it. That is what the philosophers of Antiquity referred to as “organic,” and scientists and artists alike have been trying to define it ever since. Artist Rebecca Kamen and biologist Ilya Tëmkin explore the beauty of complexity in networks ranging from the human brain to the cosmos and propose a modest revision of contemporary evolutionary theory.